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LFW’s opening number: Bora Aksu S/S 2014

It started with bright whites, moving into colour, texture and heritage fabrics from the Turkish designer’s homeland

Fri, Sep 13, 2013, 21:29


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I’m not at London Fashion Week this season, for a variety of reasons, most of which boil down to exhaustion and too much work to do at home, but I’ve been LFWing vicariously through the Irish fashion mafia on Twitter – @cocosmithstyle, @styleisleIRL, @corinagaffey, @coldlilies, @anouskapb – and the London Fashion Week live stream.

This morning I rose with the dawn (practically) to catch the opener to London Fashion Week S/S 2014, Bora Aksu‘s show, direct from the BFC Courtyard showspace.

It started off with an all-white procession down the catwalk, following on from the several white-on-white outfits we saw beaming in from the catwalks in New York. White was big news on A/W catwalks but it seems like it’s going to be even bigger next season. We’ll talk about the pitfalls of that when the time comes (namely: stop fake tanning).

Things swiftly took a turn towards Aksu’s own aesthetic: the Turkish-born designer said that his big inspiration for S/S 2014 was the fabric and design of his home country, which was evident in the delicate prints and patterns in the rough-hemmed skirts and dresses that emerged halfway through the show. A bit Little House on the Prairie meets Turkish farmgirl.

Colour was big for Aksu’s show, too, with a bright, juicy raspberry shade stopping the show, followed by some beautiful sunset yellows and bright blues. Primary colours, delivered as delicious palette cleansers after the pale whites and off-whites we saw to start with.

And the best bit? For us Irish, it had to be Clara McSweeney, the 16-year-old Irish model spotted on the Bora Aksu catwalk. She’s with Andrea Roche Model Agency and definitely destined for greatness; Irishwoman Laura O’Grady walked for Aksu last year, and this year she showed up on several NY catwalks, including that of Maison Martin Margiela.

Who will you be keeping an eye on this fashion month?