What? Bora Aksu
Where? BFC Showspace, Somerset House
When? Friday 17th February, 1pm
Who? Hilary Alexander, Brix Smith-Start and her Mulberry-clad pooch, possibly Cher Lloyd
You’d think even the most inventive of designers wouldn’t be able to find glamour in an Eastern European/Russian peasant but the Turkish designer Bora Aksu has found a way to make it chic for AW12.
I half expected the models to start skipping about and bending to their knees as the jaunty bell-ridden music kicked in and the lights of the BFC Showspace went out. But the mood of the clothes was quieter – embellished mauve and beige capes and pale pink linen skirt suits gave a loosely structured look that seemed to be at once romantic and utilitarian. Think practical peasant clothes seen through Bora Aksu’s rose-tinted fashion glasses.
Footwear came in the form of black shoe boots and the leggings were a sublime contrast to the billowing skirts – fierce, monochrome prints that gave the collection an edge. We loved the asymmetrical lace headbands that covered the models’ foreheads and also the Luella-style psychadelic orange that started to creep into the hems of some of the skirt lines.
Aksu kept everything fresh though – a mixture of details like the occasional metallic gold collar and a huge split right up the back of one dress stopped it being frumpy. Workwear got a shot towards the end too with clashing red, orange and pink separates.
This collection was a definite departure from the knitwear that Bora Aksu showed us last season and we have a feeling that the embellished shirts and subdued dresses will be a big hit in the boutiques.
We’ll get some official Bora Aksu AW12 photos up as soon as we can, as the bright lights of the BFC Showspace were too much for our back row position, but for now here’s a quick video of the finale. Don’t those models look intimidating when they march like that?
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