25 February 2019

Bora Aksu AW19

Bora Aksu AW19

Among my favourite shows this AW19 season was that of London-based Turkish designer Bora Aksu, whose demi-couture collections have graced the London Fashion Week runways since 2003. Yet this is only the second time I have had the pleasure of seeing his work afresh; the first having been his SS13 runway at Somerset House, in which I remember relying on my grandad's telephoto lens to shoot from the very back row. Gratefully on this occasion, I could capture the show from a more favourable position.

Bora Aksu AW19 is inspired by the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 became the first woman to travel in space. Maintaining Aksu's signature romanticism, a nebula of pastel colours dominates much of this undeniably elegant collection, in which floaty dresses adorned with ruffles and iridescent chiffon sparkle beneath the spotlights like an aurora. And where Tereshkova may have worn a space helmet, the cosmonauts of this show equipped themselves with handcrafted "Flutter-By" sunglasses from British jewellery label Halo & Co. Frankly unsuitable for a stroll on the moon, but certainly this collection is a beauty to behold here on Earth.

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