This season we have seen a revival in the feminine and this was perfectly encapsulated at Bora Aksu’s SS16 show. The models looked like ethereal fairies draped in layers of lace from head to toe. Floral knitted headpieces in rouge and blush appeared as fairy crowns and models’ foreheads were adorned in ‘intricate flower tattoos’ carefully created by Face Lace.
Inspired by his memories of childhood summers spent in Turkey, Aksu’s collection appeared dreamlike and charmingly girlish. Layers of featherlight fabrics, silk tulle and organza gave the appearance of models practically floating down the runway.
Aksu had meticulously weaved this inspiration into every detail right down to the shoes which featured magical garden illustrations produced in collaboration with Hotic, based in Istanbul.
Skirts were kept knee length reflecting the girly childlike nature of the collection. The colours were inspired by the lighting changes that happen ‘the hour before sunrise and the hour before sunset’ in summer. Aksu describes memories of his lush garden; ‘the changing of colours of leaves and flowers minute by minute’ as the sun begins to appear. The collection showed hues of light pinks and pale greys, offset with punchy reds and yellows, evoking the beauty of high summer.
The collection as a whole was a refreshing take on summer fashion that had us yearning for just a little bit more sun before winter sets in…
London Fashion Week SS16 runs until 22nd September 2015