For SS16 Bora Aksu presented a collection of dreams and whimsical fantasies. A breath of fresh air and a bright ray of sunshine on an otherwise gloomy Friday, it was everything we’ve come to expect from his collections. It was pretty and delicate and altogether ultra-feminine. Since the success of his debut off schedule show in February 2003 Aksu has firmly cemented his place as one of the must see shows of London Fashion Week.

Aksu drew inspiration from his endless summers spent at his family’s country house in Izmir, Turkey. His memories of lush gardens full of orange, lemon and pomegranate trees were all very apparent; this collection was a celebration of colour and light. The light being the golden hour after sunrise and before sunset, a moment that Aksu describes as “the world at its most beautiful”. This exploration of colours and light led him to Etheldreda Laing; an amateur photographer and artist from the early 20th Century who became well known for her vivid colour photographs.

 His references to the light and Etheldra’s photographs are reflected through layering and textures, with feather light fabrics of silk tulle and organza contrasting against more structured fabrics like cotton and brocades adding a wonderful softness and depth to the collection. The collection comprised of well-tailored jackets, the most stunning of dresses, some that floated down the catwalk and others in lace with peplums. The colour palette showed-off the lightness of the sky at sunrise with whites and powder pink tones that later turned into bolder colours of yellow and fuchsia and burnt orange to reflect the colours of the sky during sunset. Some of the models’ faces were decorated with intricate flower tattoos created by the company Face Lace, while others had floral crowns a-top of their heads.  The weather outside was dark and gloomy but Bora Aksu definitely brought the light.

Written by Michaela Hoyte. Video source British Fashion Council YouTube.

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