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Meric Kucuk of Maritsa.co Exclusive Interview Credit: Chad + Paul

Meric Kucuk On Day-To-Night Style

Cool, contemporary and oh-so chic, Turkish tastemaker Meric Kucuk of Maritsa.co takes her style cue from the differing aesthetics of Istanbul - the edgy and the polished. She shares her love of all things fashion exclusively with us for Destination Party...

On Her Party Style…
“I like the idea of being a little unfinished – like not too overdone. If I’m wearing a beautiful dress, I always try to keep the make-up or hair a little less statement. The main thing I feel is to be totally comfortable. I love to dance so I need my outfit to allow me to move. I love unexpected detail like backless dresses or cut-outs.”

On Parties In Istanbul…
“There are two different styles in the city. One is more polished, the other is cooler and more edgy – and it really depends on in which part of the city you find yourself. One side of the city is more glamorous, with large nightclubs and lots of people in beautiful, ornate dresses and big cars. In the other part it’s more creative, a cooler crowd. You dress depending on which part you’re in.”

On Her Perfect Party…
“I love sunset parties - it’s my favourite time of the day, we call it the ‘golden hour’. Istanbul is great for beach or rooftop parties. It’s great when it’s not too hot, with a light breeze. I love to wear something soft and light and flowing, teamed with some really good music and dancing.”

On Party Beauty…
“Style comes first - my dress will always come before my beauty look. I believe you can always change impression of the dress with the make-up and hair. First I’ll decide what I’m going to wear, then I’ll decide the make-up to change the attitude of the dress. It can all change depending on mood. I have had skin issues so I tend to look for good foundations and concealers – this is the most important part. If I have good skin and maybe a little bit of colour on the lips I’m good to go. If I feel like a little more, I’d wear eyeliner and red lipstick. I always carry a lipstick and concealer in my clutch bag.”

On Party Shoes…
“I love high heels. In the summertime I like to wear flats for the beach and sunset parties. But I do think that even while dancing, high heels look better.”

On Destination Party…
“I’m glad that Harrods picked Turkey as the location for this event, I really enjoy Istanbul and it’s a really lovely thing to be a tourist in your own city. It’s an honour to be part of Destination Party together with all the other influencers from across the globe.”

On Her Everyday Style…
“It changes over time. I wear basics a lot these days. I feel so comfortable with jeans - skinny or boyfriend. If I have meetings I’ll do cigarette trousers and flats. Or if it’s more important I’ll add heels. I tend to wear heels for dinner or special occasions.”

On Trends…
“While we might not stick to specific trends, I think that in our own way we all adapt them to suit us. When you go shopping, you see lots of pink, you love it, you buy something in it - it’s still a trend. It’s impossible to avoid. I like playing with trends. If I love it, I will wear the trend for years, it becomes part of my style.” 

On Her Career…
“I actually studied Psychology. But then I started blogging around five years ago as I wanted to work in the fashion industry. I did a few years as a Buyer, then in advertising. I work hard, but I love what I do, I don’t want to play with anything else. Life can be tough sometimes and you need to find your happiness in something. Designer fashion makes me happy. It’s worth the investment.”

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