Rewind time to 1942. Erdem for SS20 honored an Italian woman who suddenly passed away at the age of 45 in the back of a taxi in Mexico City. Her name was Tina Modatti and she was a communist activist and agent. Throughout her life, she exuded great courage and character and underwent extreme metamorphosis. She went from a silent Hollywood actress to a photographer of rural communities, later becoming an active communist agent in Russia, Spain, and Mexico. Each of her passions consumed her, and the world witnessed that through the way that she dressed. For Spring/Summer 2020, designer Erdem Moralioglu continued to be inspired by the biographies of others. A tree-lined path in a quaint London Square parted the way for a gorgeous showing of floral dresses, wide-brimmed hats that tied below the chin, reimagined suits, Mexican blanket ponchos, and more. Bold colors—like fire engine red, hot pink, bright yellow, emerald green, and taffy blue—popped from each piece, with details reminiscent of each culture Modatti aligned with. Some looks were complemented with elbow-high gloves, while others had jeweled pins adorning scarves. (Think military lapel pins for the luxurious civilian.) There was certainly an emphasis on femininity, but masculine structure held plenty of the looks together with jackets, sashes, and trenches.