Ainur Turisbek, asymmetrical shapes, Cyrillic phrases and touching family photo album prints

The Kazakstan-based designer’s SS16 collection re-invents classic military and athletic themes with a bold graphic juxtaposition as Turisbek cuts her signature biker jackets, sweatshirts and track-pants in contrasting blocks of black, cream and silver leather. When combined and layered these casual luxurious pieces create a stunning statement yet remain easy to wear. Air force pilot uniforms and vintage hunting coats are re-interpreted in ultra thin laser-cut lamb leather and key elements of them are merged with sports references resulting in a series of sumptuous bomber jackets, shorts and sweatpants with intricate pocket detailing.

_MG_4257_BW _MG_4521_BW _MG_4563-COLOR _MG_4584_BW Most of the leather range come as his and hers versions building a cohesive story-line between the Ainur Turisbek men’s and women’s wear. The women’s collection also includes voluminous drawstring full skirts , tightly cropped boleros and dramatic floor length gowns in perforated leather, which effortlessly merge sportswear references with luxurious refinement.

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The graphic theme continues in black and white double-layered trousers, tops, shirts and jackets cut from finest semi-transparent Swiss cotton. These breezy light weight pieces add a delicate contrast to the leather section of the collection. For men the nomadic themes, which Turisbek has visited in her previous work are brought back in airy loose tops and hooded kaftans combining the shapes of traditional peasant garments with a sleeve-structure and zipper-detailing from air force anti-gravity suits, a design twist very characteristic to Ainur Turisbek. Luxurious women’s shirts and shirt-dresses combine the crisp cotton with silk chiffon playing with different transparencies and the silhouettes can be modified by adjusting the scarf necklines and drawstring-closures.

_MG_4698_BW _MG_4723 _MG_4817_BW _MG_4825_BWThe peasant references continue in airy rushed tops and voluminous dresses, which can either be layered on top of each other or contrasted with the more rugged leather items for a strong editorial look. SS16 collection also introduces a new series of nomadic-inspired silk crepe tops, dresses, robes and skirts for women. The shapes of these pieces can be altered by wrapping the ties on the neck- or waistlines and are suitable for a variety of body types and occasions. They are sensual and feminine yet as casual and comfortable to wear.

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For Spring-Summer 2016 Ainur Turisbek also introduces a new range of unisex t-shirts, hoodies and cardigans in lightweight linen jersey. With their asymmetrical shapes, Cyrillic phrases and touching family photo album prints they are far from the staple jersey basics. The Spring-Summer 2016 also sees the comeback of the most iconic footwear created by Ainur Turisbek, the platform yak fur sandal, this time in pure snow white.

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photography Chris Vidal Tenomaa
styling Tuomas Laitinen

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