Friday, 18 February 2011

LFW Day 1 , Bora Aksu - Fab show!

Bora Aksu looking calm before his brilliant show back stage tonight 
Show ticket

Demi couture pieces, exquisite and visionary

Note the amazing detail on the bodice, flattering wearable and show stopping

Sculptural texture interwoven to create a unique vision

note the tights and shoes a sexy and desirable ensemble again

texture contrasts key, demure and sassy

cute pleat skirt and spangled top, can see Kiera in this

Never ending genius shape definition - I love the flirty green underskirt

Bubble skirt and sexy bodice - a triumph
unique draping

Check out those tights - Bora's next project is a hosiery line....
I love the flirty shape of this dress with the woollen bodice

more genius tailoring!

A collection of real depth and vision

Keziah - Bora Aksu 's very efficient press agent

Twiggy and daughter opposite me in the front row...
An inspirational show - 
Prior to the show I was allowed back stage to interview Bora. I only had a matter of a few minutes as he was busy getting the models perfect for the runway. He was born in IzmIr Turkey and has been based in London for 15 years. He considered showing in Paris but says he loves the freedom that London provides creatively. Bora set up his label upon graduating from St Martins. I asked him about Louise Wilson his MA tutor at St Martins who has a formidable reputation. He says she was wonderful and encouraging. He won the NEWGEN prize 4 times no less and has an impressive international stock list. His next project is a own brand hosiery line - He was a charming unassuming man to chat to and very calm and collected before the show. With his feet firmly on the ground he is a designer to watch. 
Bora's show revealed a beautifully constructed collection, combining exquisite bespoke looking tailoring with precise cutting and crafting of over laid fashion body armour that worked perfectly with the softer silhouette. His demi couture pieces were timeless, modern and unique. He was inspired by the 1980s 'New Romantics' - his collection achieved it's aim of being 'romantic with a darker twist'. 
I would tip Bora to be design heading one of the fashion biggies in the future, his talent really stood out this fashion week. Alexander McQueen though virtually impossible to replace and painfully missed would fair well with Bora Aksu as creative design director of his label.
I sat next to and had a chat with the Fashion Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and one of her fashion assistants. There was a real buzz at this show and what a thrill to see fashion icon Twiggy on the front row opposite. Bora Akau got a well deserved cheer from us all. 
A brilliant and accomplished collection.


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