Bora Aksu looks to Turkey for SS14 at London Fashion Week
We kicked off London Fashion Week with a bang and a clap of thunder this morning as we headed to the BFC Tent at Somerset House - the CQ team wasn't about to let a little rain stand in the way of the Bora Aksu show! Settling into the revamped space (this morning models have to walk on a horseshoe catwalk as apposed to the runway we've seen at LFW for the last few seasons) we got our first glimpse of what the Turkish designer has to offer for SS14 - a taste of his homeland.
Celebrating 10 years at London Fashion Week, Aksu referenced his Turkish roots heavily. Describing it as an "incredibly personal collection", the designer explained "When I realised that this would be my tenth year at London Fashion Week, it struck me how long it has been since I left Turkey to come and study in the UK. It propelled me to reminisce and look back at my roots. I felt that I wanted to re-ignite the passion coming from the rich culture and traditional artistry of Turkey that had inspired me in the first place."
As Iznik tiles adorned the shows invitation, traditional Turkish elements were prominent throughout the collection, from the use of colour to bell shaped sleeves, delicate tassels and lacework. Inspired by Aksu's childhood memories, each ensemble evoked a different image supported by the show notes; white sands, fishing boats, sun-faded houses and village markets all played a part in bringing each outfit to life, with the colour palette moving from white and 'nazar boncuk' or 'evil eye bead' blue, to bursts of fuchsia and rich yellow. Fabrics were playful and diverse - organza and soft mesh detailing appeared on sleeves and hemlines, whilst waistlines were either decorated or pulled in.
It may have been chilly in the tent, but we were presented with a collection that left us dreaming of long hot summer days.