My dreams of soaking up the infamous Fashion Week rays were quickly dashed this morning as I queued in the pouring rain for Bora Aksu. Excited to be reviewing such a well-loved designer before I’d even had a chance for breakfast, you can imagine my elation when I planted myself in the front row of the BFC show space, my empty stomach gurgling away.
Aksu celebrates 10 beautiful years at Fashion Week this season, taking us back to his Turkish homeland through many colourful and diverse designs. He pays homage to his own culture and presents it to us on a gleaming silver platter.
To begin, everything is white – a crisp white pallet with icy blue undertones. Aksu explains that the shades have been chosen to represent the ‘nazar boncuk’, a traditional blue glass ‘bead’ worn in Turkey to ward off evil. The first few pieces of the collection are stunning, almost ethereal, with billowing layers that mutate gradually into the tassels of a traditional Turkish scarf. Sheer panels, lace, quilted cotton and luxurious jacquards dominate the catwalk throughout the first half of the show.
As the music turns more and more ‘folksy’, Aksu introduces bold block colours in stark contrast to the mesmerising whiteness. Shocking fuchsia pink followed by glorious golden yellow. Aksu uses the colours to tell us of scorching Turkish summers. The transformation from his original pallet leaves a delicious taste in our mouths. Why is next summer so far away?
Simple grey sandals paired classic white ankle socks feature heavily throughout the show. So wrong but oh so right… I’ll definitely be giving that a go with my own block colour dress.
Images: Christopher Dadey | Photographer