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.
Day 1 at LFW has always been seen as filled with ‘lesser’ designers or ’emerging’ talent, and some editors and writers even miss it out completely, I am not sure why as the Friday schedule is always packed, and I love the mix of the romantic nature of Bora Aksu with the demi-couture vibe at Fyodor Golan, to the exquisite tailoring at Eudon Choi, and the outerwear chic you always see at Christopher Raeburn.
Bora Aksu brings a touch of spring to AW14
Always a highlight for me is Turkish designer Bora Aksu, this season he presented a collection that was filled with his trademark femininity and a nod of nostalgia, with a line inspired by the letters his mother wrote while at boarding school. The uniformed school girl and the 1950s silhouette could be seen throughout the collection, which included Peter Pan collars, pencil skirts, high-necks and patchwork detailing. For the most part this seemed like a collection more suited to warmer climates than London, but it was nice to see girlie pinks and vibrant yellows alongside bold blues, oxblood red and monochrome. I can’t stress how much I loved this collection and I promise I will be sharing more images later in the week when I have edited them.
Hair trend – Plaits
I know it is only day 1 but I have already spotted plaits on the catwalk, from the Heidi meets milk maid vibe of the ribbon plaits seen at Bora Aksu to the edgy braids at Fyodor Golan, which were hidden under sporty hats, and even Jean-Pierre Braganza sent his models down the runway sporting a braid with a white and blue painted strands. I wonder if this will continue throughout all of LFW.
Technology Meets Fashion
Technology and fashion always seems to collide during fashion week, whether its Google glasses on the DVF runway or Burberry filming their show with iPhones, it seems everyone wants a piece of the fashion pie. Well this season, Fyodor Golan pushed the boundaries by creating a skirt made out of 80 Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphones. The design was really cool to see as each mobile was broadcasting its surrounds so it looked like the colours fluttered when the model moved.
Pink Isn’t Going Anywhere
One of most coveted items this autumn/winter has to be the pink coat and it seems pink it still on the minds of LFW designers, as it is only Day 1 and we’ve already seen it on the catwalk of Bora Aksu in a soft hue, as well as vibrant bold pink colours at Mark Fast and at Fyodor Golan who added a sports luxe vibe with this textured bomber jacket and baseball cap.
Blue, Blue, and a bit more Blue
As well as pink, blue hues from baby blue to cobalt blue strutted down the catwalk. At Eudon Choi, the blues were bold, and seen on ruffled dresses and boxy knits, while at Christopher Raeburn the blue hue was more of a pastel share and looked more casual paired alongside khaki on chic outerwear. Dark blue was also used at Bora Aksu, for its cord two-pieces, as well as at Mark Fast for his knitted creations, while a sophisticated blue was seen on tailored pieces at J JS Lee.
I will be back tomorrow with my Day 2 round-up, and fingers crossed a proper outfit post.
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!!!