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No one does botanical prints quite like Erdem Moralioglu. For Erdem Resort 2015, the designer infused his signature prints with a boy-meets-girl sensibility and added black and white to his palette. A blend of simple silhouettes with lace* or ruffled chiffon, these monochromatic pieces offer a fresh alternative to his colorful florals.

Stellar standouts include a black and white decoupaged guipure lace skirt paired with a charming polka dot sleeveless blouse (photo #2) as well as a dress with an engineered black floral that has been fragmented by sections of pure white (photo #4). The effect reminds me of a paper collage – it has an attractive graphic quality including “deckled” edges that brings depth to the collection. The garden print spills out onto the white background, another fresh detail elevating the look. There are also two black organza dresses cut with couture-like precision. They are decorated with rich embroideries in vibrant blues and citron yellow. The subtle transparency of the skirts is sexy yet sophisticated. Erdem uses his accessories as mood changers to cut the feminine frill. There are shiny black brogues as well as pointed kitten heels with flowers wrapped around the feet.

It is no wonder why women are drawn to Erdem’s particular brand of youthful elegance. Moralioglu’s designs are dependably chic, whatever the season.

*I am a sucker for a short white lace dress. It makes me think of summer and I love the one in photo #5. The long black gown next to it is gorgeous as well. The perforated skirt gives the dress a modern twist!

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