Ottomania! Yaz Bukey Returns to Her Roots for Fall-------
Jewelry designer and all-around fashion personality Yaz Bukey descends from Ottoman royalty—her ancestor Mehmet Ali Pasha, king of Egypt, offered Napoleon the obelisk on the Place de la Concorde—but her father was a diplomat, so she’s never really lived in Turkey. “This collection is sort of my fantasy rendition of Turkey—the Ottoman Empire and decadence,” she said during her Fall ’14 presentation. Sporting a fez and purple cobra earrings, she stood before a live tableau for Turkish Delight, complete with a fishnet-clad odalisque, a Plexiglas hookah, a black cat, and a belly dancer. “We’re in a bazaar; we’ve tumbled down a hidden passageway and emerged in a back room that’s part Saint Laurent in the Opium days, or maybe it’s the twenties, but in any case, it’s very decadent,” she said.
For Fall, Yaz Bukey’s colorful creations include purses and clutches shaped like a clock, a backgammon board, dice, a piano, a flying carpet, and a pack of cigarettes that she’s dubbed Top Kapi. That last idea came from Jules Dassin’s film Topkapi, a sixties-era jewelry-heist caper starring Melina Mercouri and Peter Ustinov. Speaking of jewels, Yaz Bukey has recently created some faux baubles for a collaboration with Causse, the haute glove-maker that is now a part of the Chanel galaxy. A second colorful collection is already in the pipeline—but for that, you’ll have to hang tight until next spring.