Bora Aksu autumn/winter 2016 collection catwalk show for LFW
Situated in the main hall of St Andrews church in Holborn, the catwalk ran through the centre of the ancient checkerboard tiled floor. The daylight peeking through the long, narrow windows caught the dusk in a subtly romantic way, perfectly setting the tone for Bora Aksu’s autumn/winter 2016 collection.
From the moment the music picked up and the first girl walked out on to the floor, dressed in delicate lace, the audience was captivated. The silhouette was feminine and sophisticated; long cocoon coats, cropped tailored jackets, dresses with modest necklines. A warm palette of red, pink, fuchsia and aubergine contrasted with black, added romance and drama to the mood.
Grand Dutchess Olga of Russia inspired the collection, her complex story tells the tale of a girl who lived life at both ends of the spectrum. She spent many years after the Russian revolution living a very sparse lifestyle, farming and doing household work, a stark contrast to her earlier years which were lived in grandeur. This is translated in the contrasting textures; thick embroidery against soft shearling and leathers. The overall effect is romantic and stunning – a really beautiful collection.
Photos: Krisztian Pinter