Single parenting in a pandemic: ‘I cry alone in the car so the kids don’t...

Lia Hynes

Author Ruth Gilligan: ‘I have slowly colonised our flat’s small second bedroom into my writing...

Sophie Grenham

About 400,000 women in Ireland have this condition and don’t know

IMAGE

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 currently has no women sitting on it. Why?

Lynn Enright

And now Dermaplaning. When will it be okay for women to have hair?

Kate Demolder

Non-colour nail polish for when you’ve finally removed your gel nails

Holly O'Neill

Lady Gaga offers reward after dog-walker shot 4 times, pets stolen

Jennifer McShane

Anne Hathaway says she was ‘ninth choice’ for one of her most iconic roles

Jennifer McShane

This utterly dreamy Victorian home just outside of Belfast is on the market for £995,000

Megan Burns

Image / Fashion

Umit Kutluk for Kerry Fashion Week


by IMAGE
23rd Feb 2015

Hailing from Turkey, Umit has been picking up design awards on our shores ever since graduating from Grafton College in 2011. With a background in textiles and a history of working in the Istanbul fashion scene, he accomplished his dream of setting up his own label and distributing his products in Dublin with impressive speed. His collection last year wowed us with its opulence and drama, and we couldn’t wait to sit down and have a quick chat with him…

Tell us about your passion for design? Design is part of who I am. I have always had a vivid imagination. In my childhood I loved drawing, painting and sketching my ideas.?After school, I studied textile engineering in Istanbul. This gave me a deep understanding of the properties of fabrics and the possibilities of what I could create with them. It was an essential part of my training as a fashion designer.I think this comes across in my designs, especially in the Haute Couture collections.?Haute Couture gives me the chance to push the boundaries. ?Dramatic silhouettes, unusual fabrics and embellishments are used in innovative ways.I really feel that I communicate my ideas best through my Couture designs, without?the commercial constraints of ready to wear.

Where did you start? It’s hard to say when it started – I think life has always been guiding me here.?It always felt very natural for me to create things. Throughout my childhood and school years I always had a pencil or a paintbrush in my hand. My career as a fashion designer really started after I graduated from the Grafton Academy in 2011. This was the year I set up my own brand.

What has been your best moment so far? In my career, the best moment was my first solo fashion show.?I had just moved to my new showroom and studio at 27 Merrion Square.?We had an in-house fashion show.?This beautiful Georgian building perfectly complemented my designs ( they had also inspired some). It is spacious, bright and has been beautifully restored. Some other special moments have been simple – people calling in to the showroom and just appreciating the space and my designs. I love that!

Who/What are your influences? My inspiration is life ?- it can be anything – people, a walk, a song, fabrics, ?a cup, the past, the future, the unknown, memories, the countryside in Wicklow where I live….. I could go on….

Which designers, both established and new, do you think are the most exciting at the moment? I try not to look at what other designers are doing. I don’t want to be influenced by other ideas.?I prefer to spend time channelling my own!

The fabrics you use are amazing – where do you source them? The fabrics are the most important part of my creation. Many times it is the fabric that has been the inspiration for the design! Perhaps this is because I was trained in fabrics first. To answer your question – I search everywhere for my fabrics, all over the world.?Good places to find new fabrics are showcases like ‘Vision Premiere’ in Paris.

What is your next?collection looking?like? For spring summer 2014 I have two collections – Ready to wear and Haute Couture. They are both in keeping with my brand- very elegant and romantic. The colours are soft, almost candy- very feminine. The inspiration for this multi-cultural. You will see some Oriental inspirations and some Classical Greek. It’s quite touching.

Umit Kutluk will be featured at this year’s Kerry Fashion Week. Get your hands on these highly coveted tickets right here.

Also Read

FASHION, BEAUTY, SHOPPING
The weekend shopping fix: hair heroes, happy t-shirts and luxe candles

By Holly O'Neill

FASHION
5 colours to wear this winter when you’re sick of black and grey

Winter doesn’t have to mean muted When the outside world...

By Erin Lindsay

Inauguration
FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
We need to talk about the US Presidential Inauguration fashion

Yes, we do. Let’s park the discourse that discussing the...

By Holly O'Neill

premium BUSINESS, FASHION
The future of luxury: Will Covid-19 change fashion forever?

If luxury-goods companies are to survive, they must take swift action to shape their digital future, writes Ashley McDonnell

By Ashley McDonnell

FASHION, SHOPPING
The 10 fashion trends Princess Diana brought us first

Give your pandemic wardrobe — you know, your Zoom collars and walking outfits — a royal update with the unwavering fashion trends of the year; anything Princess Diana wore in the Eighties.

By Holly O'Neill

FASHION, SHOPPING
Instagram’s favourite sustainable loungewear brand is now available in Ireland

Rotate Sunday is the Internet’s favourite loungewear brand for staying...

By Holly O'Neill

Fashion Week
FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
What does the future of Fashion Week look like?

New York Fashion has just ended. Did you even know it was happening this year? NYC-based fashion editor Freya Drohan reports on the state of runway in 2021.

By Freya Drohan

FASHION, SHOPPING
5 works of art trainers to breathe some colour (and comfort) into your wardrobe

With our 2021 plans at home for the foreseeable future, why not go maximalist on the most basic of footwear: trainers.

By Edaein OConnell