Bora Aksu AW’12 – Womenswear

by Adam the Editor

Bora Aksu delivered a collection that drew on inspiration from Henry Darger’s ‘In The Realms of the Unreal’ as well as the rich textures of 50s wallpaper.

The colour palette was fairly typical of Aksu although there were injections of dusty pink, cream, fuchsia, burnt orange and ruby reds. Silk jules and georgettes lay at the heart of the tops and shirting whilst coats, jackets and capes in thick cottons and wools added a much needed practical aspect to the collection.

The overall look was one of innocence lost. Floaty, feminine pieces were juxtaposed with harsh, military-precise tailoring that related back to the illustrations from Darger’s title.

I loved the dip-dye dresses. The brocade jackets reminded me of the ceiling rose that you would expect to find in a Georgian/Victorian home.

The collection had a very wearable aesthetic without being too safe. I like the fact that Bora Aksu played with colour. Most designers prefer to stick to a more monochrome palette for Autumn/Winter in order to remain commercial.

People need to embrace colour more and I think this collection makes a strong case as to why!

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