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London Fashion Week: Bora Aksu SS14

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Images courtesy of Vogue

From his position in the rather intimidating opening slot of London Fashion Week, Turkish designer Bora Aksu went in on the feminine for SS14 with a collection that encompassed frills, peplums, crochet and the peter pan collar, all framed in the most delicate and womanly of ways and accompanied by white ankle socks and peep toe pumps.

There was a definite doll like characteristic to the designs, many of which felt distinctly folky and homespun, and petticoated skirts, puffed sleeves and tailored waists revealed a sucker for traditional shapes. Not that any of the looks were conventional – far from it – and, for us, the most attractive elements were those that took contemporary shape – sheer external pockets provided an unexpected detail and the sexy crochet flapper dress was a definite winner.

A vividly ice cream palette of lemons, raspberries and Brighton rock blue was the perfect antidote to the grey, drizzling morning that London weather bestowed on the first day of London Fashion Week SS14 and there was plenty of pretty to remind us that, whilst we’re heading into the darker months right now, the pastels of spring really aren’t that far away.  

By Alexandra Pett

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