Bora Aksu has become synonymous for its uber feminine take on womenswear, at points bordering on costume – representing a fairy-tale image of fashion. However, this season they presented something much different. Drawing inspiration from the Swedish Abstract Artist; Hilma Af Klint, the designs were far more wearable than previous collections.
Despite the notable change, the Turkish designer stayed true to his brand, the final product was a collection that was beautifully feminine, elegant and powerful. 1970s silhouettes dominated, with check tweed, outerwear, and suits, giving the collection a sartorial feel at points. The brands traditional frills were displayed in a final flurry of colourful looks, notably done in a way that complimented everything else on display.
Perhaps the choice of location played a role in a more conservative collection. The brand chose to show at St. Georges Church in Bloomsbury, a beautiful location that had all the classic architecture that seemed to fit perfectly with the clothes on display. Had they gone down the fairy-tale route, I feel like the location and the clothes would have clashed more than anything.
If this is the start of a new journey for the brand – where inspiration meets wear ability – then I’ll be very excited. However, I feel the next collection will be met with the over excessiveness of seasons past. I guess we will cross that bridge when we get there, until then, the brand should celebrate a truly beautiful season.
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