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London Fashion Week show report: Bora Aksu
I was very excited to be attending Bora Aksu's SS13 show; his work is always stunning with lots of references to the past - whether it be Edwardian gothic glamour or beautifully embroidered heavy regal fabrics.
It seems I wasn't the only one who was excited, the show space at Somerset House was packed to the rafters and the front row was graced by Kate Nash and Kelly Brook. The paps went bonkers for Kelly's arrival - and it's not surprising as she is annoyingly beautiful in the flesh, just as stunning as in the magazines! There have been rumours floating around that Kate Nash will perform at one of the LFW shows, but she didn't take the mic at this one.
The inspiration for this season's collection was Queen Victoria's grand-daughter, Marie, who became the Queen of Romania in 1922. The English-born princess had a difficult life at times, her marriage fell apart and she took solace in art deco and her botanical gardens - both of which were seen heavily throughout the collection in prints of various sizes. Speaking about the collection Bora said "the way she embraced traditional Romanian culture without losing her Englishness led to a lot of beautiful references", and beautiful the collection certainly was!
The models wore Bora's interpretation of colourful crowns - gorgeously tall intricate creations which sat in front of a big backcombed mess of braided bird's nest hair - and it looked fabulous. The colour palette was mainly royal blue and paler blues with dove greys and whites - instantly recognisable as Bora's work - but we also saw yellow and pale corals and purples, adding to the regal feel and representing Marie's racier side.
What can sometimes be disappointing about catwalk shows is that the garments, whilst stunning, can often be far from 'wearable'. That wasn't the case with this collection, with some looks even looking stylishly office appropriate. Remove the crown (obviously) and these looks I snapped could easily be office friendly!
I'm a huge fan of yellow so this yellow dress was my favourite - the draped fabric looked effortlessly chic.
For those who want a piece of Aksu on a limited budget, it was nice to see his signature tights were once again on the runway - a pair of those is certainly more affordable than a floor length silk gown! More excitingly still, the bags (made in collaboration with Bracher Emden) which accessorised the looks so beautifully will be available to buy at Harrods, too. There was a great range of clutches in vibrant colours, all with laser etched or laser cut detailing.
The show was designed "for every woman born a princess, destined to become a Queen". Maybe we'll see K-Midd in a Bora creation one day soon?