After watching amazing showcases of Richard Nicoll and Marie Katrantzou at Somerset House last season I still feel like a virgin at London Fashion Week. Yesterday I was very excited as I stepped into Somerset House for the third time to watch showcase of Turkish designer Bora Aksu. Laura Whitmore, Kate Nash, Dionne Bromfield and Zara Martin was famous faces of the front row.
My first impression was that collection was full of romanticism, femininity and spirit of fallen angel. Just later after showcase I’ve read press release and found out that it was inspired by infamous dancers Dolly Sisters and recalled their melodramatic and at some point tragic life.
The frosty fairytale of the Dolly Sisters is emphasised with dove greys, whites and creams, while deep purples, plums, fuchsias and muted blues reflects their often bruised hearts and adds richness to the collection. Some of the colour combinations – khaki blouson jackets worn with nude pencil skirts, for example – showed woman’s strength, inspired by the time where they flouted conventions and controlled their own destiny. Corsets, pencil skirts and flapper dresses in the collection showed the tragic vaudeville twins who broke hearts in 1920s New York. The sisters’ appetite for wealth was played out through rich fabrics such as turkish leather, shearling pelts, luxury coated silks and embroidery.With silhouettes and contrasting fabrics Bora Aksu revealed the duality of Rosie’s and Jenny’s lives – high glamour followed by poverty and suicide.
Once again – it’s an amazing collection for the modern self confident woman who want to stay in the same time romantic and feminine. Bora Aksu is designer I will be definitely watching.
Pictures from Bora Aksu Facebook page. ©2013 Christopher Dadey