Brrr-iliant Bora Aksu at LFW

Some girls live for summer and never let things like sunburn, insect bites, sweat or blisters get in their way. They can’t get enough of dubiously cooked barbeques and sweetened cider with melted ice cubes. And they sport sun bleached hair and bare legs even when the British weather is being, well, British.

I am not one of those girls. I love the pale and interesting look that autumn/winter invites. I love cosying up under cashmere, sharpening my look with a tailored jacket and slimming my legs with opaques.

It’s what Londoners do best – there’s plenty of room for eccentricity and individuality when the weather requires a host of scarves, coats and hats – even umbrellas can make a statement. And when it’s all pulled together with sharp tailoring and a clever mix of rich textures and layers, London ladies are running rings around, say LA girls (have you tried to run in flip flops in the rain? Not. Good.)

The first glimpse of clever tweed tailoring at the Bora Aksu AW 11/12 show and I was won over. Charcoals and smokey greys with flashes of emerald green were cinched, draped and tied to make playful shapes. Easy-to-wear separates combined men’s tailoring with feminine silhouettes adorned with bows and lapels.

But this wasn’t just a parade of pieces that could easily compliment the wardrobes of city stylish dwellers, the overall show had a much darker edge to it. The capes and tailored jackets were reminiscent of east London in the late eighteenth century – Aksu was inspired by Sweeney Todd and Jekyll and Hyde.

Now I’ve had a glimpse in the crystal ball that is London Fashion Week, I say roll on autumn/winter 2011. Just a few months of flowers and day dresses and then we can let our inner Hydes take over for the wicked stuff.

London Fashion Week runs until February 22, 2011…watch this space.

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