Author: Ceren Günel

Film
National treasure, actress Ayşen Gruda is laid to rest

On Wednesday, 23 January, Ayşen Gruda died in Istanbul aged 74 after fighting against pancreas cancer for one-and-a-half years. She had been in intensive care for the past month before she passed away. She was one of a handful of female comedians in Turkey and among the nation’s favourite actresses. A statement issued by Kağıthane […]

HP Features
150 years of Kızılay, also known as the Turkish Red Crescent: top 10 facts

Turkey’s largest humanitarian organisation, the Turkish Red Crescent, or Kızılay, has been celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Established on 11 June 1868, it has been a core part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Headquartered in the Turkish capital Ankara, Kızılay provides first aid, collects blood donations and provides assistance during […]

Film
Review: Sibel, an impressive movie about Otherness from a mute outcast’s eyes

Award-winning Turkish drama Sibel made its UK debut on 6 December, Thursday evening at the birthplace of British cinema, Regent Street Cinema during London Film Week 2018. Sibel is the third collaboration between Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti and explores the “topic of exclusion and our relationship to the unknown, to the ‘Other” finely. Presented […]

Hers
Zeynep Kartal’s Ottoman-inspired Spring Summer 2019 collection pays homage to ‘Lost Jewel’

Acclaimed Manchester-based Turkish designer Zeynep Kartal once again pays homage to her heritage with her Spring Summer 2019 collection. Inspired by the diamond Chelengk given to British Vice Admiral Horatio by Ottoman Sultan Selim III, the collection also celebrates the designer’s ties with her second home, England. Equally significant, Queen Elizabeth II permitted Kartal to […]

Hers
Chalayan’s Spring Summer 2019 London fashion show explores ‘happiness’ in different regions

Hussein Chalayan’s shows are always one of the highlights of London Fashion Week (LFW) with their extraordinary qualities. So T-VINE takes a look back at the globally renowned fashion designer’s recent LFW show at Sadler’s Wells theatre on 16 September 2018. Renowned for his art as much as his fashion creations, the London-based Turkish Cypriot […]

Hers
Victorian cross-dressers meet 90s nightlife: diversity at heart of Erdem’s Spring Summer 2019 London fashion show

Another fashion month is over, but there was far more than glamour in this year’s Spring Summer (S/S) Ready-To-Wear collections. S/S 2019 was the most racially diverse, size diverse and gender-inclusive fashion month ever, reported Fashion Spot. Chief among the diversity leaders was Erdem, whose London S/S 2019 show had more transgender models than any […]

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Bora Aksu’s Spring/Summer 2019 London fashion show a Gypsy tale inspired by Romani poetess Papusza

Bora Aksu paid homage to a distinguished historical character once again with his Spring/Summer 2019 (SS19) Ready-To-Wear Collection that debuted with a dazzling catwalk at London Fashion Week last month. The acclaimed London-based Turkish designer’s latest collection is inspired by renowned twentieth century Romani poetess Bronislawa Wajs, widely known as Papusza. Aksu’s SS19 eye-catching garments […]

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Berlin’s famous döner kebab shop becomes new face of fashion giant Diesel

  On August 31, just a few days after Germany was shaken by violent riots of neo-Nazis and other far right supporters, Italian fashion giant Diesel put Turks and one of their national dishes, döner,  in the media spotlight by announcing a collaboration with Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap in Berlin. The story has gone global, capturing […]

Art
Last week to enrol on Yunus Emre Institute’s Istanbul Art Trip

Do you fancy exploring one of the most magical cities in the world? The Yunus Emre Institute (YEI) is organising a six-day Istanbul visit in October, combining art workshops with trips to important historic and religious sites and museums, such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Mosque. YEI’s illumination (tezhip) course instructor Nagihan […]