London Fashion Week is upon us everyone, this means I will be frantically running to shows, hailing cabs, wearing fancier clothes, catching up with pals, and being amazed by the gorgeous fashion collections. Day 1 has been a long one but a good one, probably one of the best day 1’s I have had in a long time, which I think has a lot to do with how much I loved the dreamy, romantic and exquisitely crafted Bora Aksu collection.
For autumn/winter 2014, Turkish designer Bora Aksu was inspired by his mother, her life as a teenager at board school, and used the letters she wrote to friends and her drawings as the starting point for his collection.
It was romantic, feminine, with a hint of nostalgia with the models strutting down the catwalk with ribbon plaits to showcase the schoolgirl within a 50s uniform shape of lace knee-length skirts, dainty jackets, peter pan collars, woven knits and patchwork detailing.
There was also a lightness to the designs as well as a soft and girlie colour palette, which was sometimes more reminiscent of spring or suitable for countries with much warmer climates than London. It was just gorgeous, playful, and it was nice to see girlie pinks and vibrant yellows alongside bold blues, oxblood red and monochrome.
There are always lots of highlights with Bora Aksu, it is one of my favourite shows at London Fashion Week, but I just loved the combination of lace and leather, the sheer detailing that showcased sequins underneath, and the eye-catching mustard yellow dresses.
There is a calm about this London Fashion Week, maybe it is because it is like my tenth or eleventh season, I really have lost count, or maybe it is just with the rain I know there is less pressure on my outfits because lets face it I am going to spend the whole five days soaked.
Today, I most certainly got soaked, it poured all day, so no proper outfit picture, just a crappy one taken on my mobile inside The Apartment, but I just had to share as I love this stripy dinosaur jumper from ASOS. I promise that I will share this beauty in another outfit post soon.
Since I started Fashionista Barbie nearly four years ago I have experience amazing things, been whisked away on press trips, met incredible people, and been sent such gorgeous gifts, but never have I received a thank you quite like the one that Bora Aksu kindly sent over.
What I love other than the fact I have been made into a Bora girl, wearing one of the designer’s spring/summer 2014 pieces that he showed at London Fashion Week last month, is that this industry keeps on making me grateful to be a part of it.
I am blessed in what I do, I get to write about fashion, attend fashion week, and generally gush and day-dream about beautiful clothes – I am not for one second saying it is easy, there are challenges like with any industry, but when you get a thank you like this it makes it all worth it!!!
As well as being an incredible designer Bora is an amazing illustrator, follow him on Instagram where he shares his stunning drawings, and it is so nice that he found the time to thank me for coming to his show and featuring his stunning collection on my blog.
There has been a lot of negativity about bloggers, there real worth in the industry especially during fashion week, and if they even deserve to attend – when a designer goes out of his way to say thank you in such a personal way, he even made my glasses stylish, it really does give me that added confidence to say ‘hell yeah’ I deserve to be here!!!
It just shows that in an industry as fast-paced as this that there is always time to say thank you – and if you do it in a personalised sketch you will make someone’s day.
Thanks Bora for making me part of your incredible army!!!