Like I said in the Zeynep Tosun post, Istanbul was exactly the cacophony that I had hoped for but fashion-wise, I think it requires a bit of digging to know exaclty what it's all about.  I must have spent about five minutes trying to memorise street names and designer names (somehow Turkish pronounciations just did not computate properly in my head…) so perhaps five days of heated sightseeing was not the best way of immersing oneself into the scene.  Next time, I'll seek out some insiders to guide me…

So from my trip to Istanbul, I thought I'd round up everything through my avid yet amateurish picture snapping.  It's all probably going to come off looking like a Istanbul Tourist Board slideshow (except taken by a rubbish photographer…) but I promise if you read all the relevant captions, I do have something more to say other than "Pretty rings in Grand Bazaar" or "Lovely view of the Bosphorus."  I've still got a few things to delve deeper into from this whirlwind trip but like I said, a second and smarter visit has got to be on the agenda…

Right, so I'm ashamed to say we spent a lot of time on a coach, viewing things from air-conditioned comfort and being stuck in an awful amount of traffic (Istanbul's stumbling block…) but I promise I did get off my arse to do some walking around even if I did have to stop along the way to escape the scorching heat…

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There was a good lot of UK press/buyers over there… including Erin Mullaney from Browns, Chloe Kerman from Tank magazine, Max Pearmain from Pop magazne and Zoe Maughan from AnOther magazine… cue school trip photo with cheesy grins.  Much thanks to our tour guide Serkan for taking this one.  He also gets line of the week as he was describing the Turkish bath procedure… "You go into room.  Fat ladies with moustache will come and give you massage…"

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Oh yes… sky colour of the week… blue, true true blue… heated blue… this one was taken inside the Blue Mosque…

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One of the winners of the Koza Young Fashion Awards in the ready to wear category where err…Anna Kournikova was present… had to blink and blink again to verify that it was in fact her…

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Sevan Bicakci's jewellery is pretty internationall renowned with plenty of stockists but it was the first time I had seen it up close in his store near the Grand Bazaar which is pretty much like a swanky Aladdin's cave…

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Onto the Grand Bazaar which of course is an Istanbul-must see with over 4,000 stalls.  Sadly I had a pretty odd time walking through the stalls with EVERY seller shouting "Konichiwa" or "You Japanese?" to me as I walked by… nothing I haven't experienced before but when there's approximately 20 men doing it at the same time, it does put you off looking at these sellers' wares let along actually stopping to buy something.  I did find some amazing antique jewellery in the Old Bazaar section but balked a bit at the prices in relation to my own measly pot of available funds…

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The suspended book entrance to the Istanbul Modern… craned up to see what needed reading…

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Bora Aksu presented his S/S 11 collection as part of IFW which in part was a continuation of the underwear as outerwear, nude deets-filled A/W 10-11 collection… my favourite pieces were naturally the fleshy flowy parts…

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I possibly may have overgorged on pistachio nuts since most Turkish sweets are full of the stuff…

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5 times a night?  Really?  Is that actually necessary?  Can someone verify this because ostensibly this just looks like a normal walnut cookie…

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Dried tomatoes, peppers and aubergine skins looking lush and again echoing the colours that infiltrated Zeynep Tosun's S/S 11 collection….

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The finale page-turning piece to Arzu Kaprol's varied collection…

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Most enthusiastic entertainer ever at the Vogue Turkey party… she had moves…

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Anna Piaggi and her minder joined in on our sightseeing tour.  I applaud her for being able to wear so many layers in such searing heat.  She was also wearing some amazing creepers that I wanted to pick her brains about but was scared her minder might errr…. swat me away…

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Inside the Harem of the Topkapi Palace doing a mirror shot with one of the biggest/most ornate mirrors I've ever seen…

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I love a good wax figurine 'recreated history' set-up… this is where the Sultan's mother was supposed to have received guests…

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I did spend a lot of time gawping at fresh produce mainly because I get market jealousy when I go abroad… DSC_3223

On my little go-around the Galata district (DEFINITELY needs a few more trips to explore this nugget area in Istanbul…), I came across Laundromat which sold a lot of Turkish designers.

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One of the co-owners is a designer herself…Yasemin Ozeri makes fairly muted that are a step up from basics but never showy or ostentatious… I picked up a cropped shirt that actually saved me from running out of sweat-free clothes…

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They also stocked some interesting leather goods by brand Tizu (no website I think…) – I liked the rust effects on the laptop cases…
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A fairly new addition to the Galata district was Bahar Korcan's store…. some of the clothes had a Tsumori Chisato feel about them with their whimsical motifs and Korcan's own winged-logo…

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We also saw Bahar Korcan's presentation of her S/S 11 collection 'Listen' which was consisted of 17 pieces of costume and was accompanied by Fuat and DJ Mr Pink (Turkish rapping contrasting against the freeform nature of the frou-frou costumes…) DSC_3305

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Tried to count how many buildings had huge Turkey flags or portraits of Mustafa Kemal Atat√ºrk hanging but I lost it at about 300… don't think I've seen so much national love in one city before… Being the ignorant tourist that I am, I did not know that 30th August is Turkey's Victory Day.  Stupid Brits Abroad eh?

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I had to go seek SOME shopping pleasure so ended up at Second Chance, again in the Galata district which is a bijoux two floor teensy tiny vintage treasure chest.  I got myself flocked velvet shirt that is purely for sessions of  autumnal leaf-crunching…

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Considered these sandals as my "Look look, I got these GENUINELY Turkish-made sandals…!" souvenir but couldn't verify whether they were just a tourist trapping buy or not…

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At another Turkish-designer filled boutique Midnight Express, I found Zeynep Tosun's A/W 10-11 collection which is surprisingly well-priced…hmmm… a cheeky email about private orders for the S/S 11 collection is perhaps in order…

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Now, I don't want to rain on the food parade that I had in Istanbul because I did have some excessively yummy things but I did find it quite funny to see these err…canapes on the Bosphorus boat cruise we took… basically Kraft cheese slices on white bread cut up into triangles…

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Ah… a sky that isn't bright bright true blue… the cruise wasn't the final part to my Istanbul trip but it was mighty pretty, made cuter by Olivier Zahm's daughter Asia running about the boat, shrieking in French and thus breaking up the slightly stiff talk of fashion journalists on the boat… I think my juvenile canape snapping didn't sit well with the rest of the crowd either.  Yes, go back to primary school little one…

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Comments (22)

  1. valerie says:

    this is such a great post. I love Istanbul , the Bosborus, the market “Bazar” and Santa Sof√≠a. http://simple-et-chic.blogspot.com

  2. Miabbook says:

    You are so lucky, I wish I could visit Istanbul someday.
    Great photos btw

  3. CICIDI says:

    Absolutely amazing photos. I always wanted to go to Istanbul. Anna Piaggi looks great!!!
    http://www.cicidi.com/

  4. sumo says:

    I HEART YOUR BLOG!!1

  5. zeynep says:

    yeap they were tourist traps=) and the salesmen always a little bit enthusiastic than expected in those kind of bazaars.. by the way, Atat√ºrk and Turkish flags hanging on every building cos’ today is our ‘Victory Day’.
    another thought, hope you didn’t have to eat those horrible canapes?
    and i don’t think ‘turkish viagra’ serves any goodies, for the joy-searching fellas=)

  6. Banu Kara says:

    This week is important in the Turkish calender, hence the excessive display of flags and pictures of Ataturk! 30th of August is the Victory Day: Commemoration of the victory at the final battle in Dumlupınar ending the Turkish Independence War in 1922.

  7. Joy D. says:

    Haha, so it was essentially, the big time! Hobnobbing.
    The photos look amazing. I really like the way those flowly pleaty pants look.

  8. Jen says:

    Wow! you did such a good job with these photos. i love the books hanging from the ceiling. So cool. and i think the jewelry has prompted me to add some more gold to my persona bracelet.
    Great shots of the S/S 11 collection too!

  9. Leonidas says:

    istanbul is definitely the it city. some say abu dhabi, i say istanbul
    http://thestyleparticle.blogspot.com

  10. i love the post as a Turkish…

  11. Sophia says:

    Wow these are STUNNING pics!! So eclectic and beautiful. I want to gooo!! <3
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  12. pink says:

    woww i think i have to mark Istanbul as my next holiday hideaway:-)
    check out my fashion blog at thetalesofselfindulgence.blogspot.com!!!
    and follow it at blog lovin:-)

  13. jenny says:

    oh I wish I had your money to travel like you do :(((

  14. pinar says:

    next time you should see istanbul in a more detailed way, cause as i see some beauties are missing in here but anyway you summarrized well:) call me as a guide the next time if you want:)

  15. i like reading istanbul from the visitors. As i live in istanbul, sometimes it is hard to see the nice ways:) i hope you enjoy your trip and planning to come for the next ifw:) xxx
    Cindrella

  16. great photos, really like them.

  17. X Alex says:

    haha Somebody should make you a travel ambassador. You make it look like a must-visit place. The shopping looks great! Love the rich colours and the flavours of the place.

  18. Olive says:

    pretty!
    I can’t believe istambul has so many chic things on their town. The dresses so amazing!

  19. Kevinkjl says:

    istanbul sounds amazing

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  21. Asia running about the boat, shrieking in French and thus breaking up the slightly stiff talk of fashion journalists on the boat..

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