London based designer Bora Aksu drew inspiration from fairy tales to show a collection of romantic pieces with a darker twist, exploring the untold tale from the step sister's lens. The designer has always been fascinated with finding a balance between contrasts, which is evident in his Spring/Summer 2015 show. Drawing from his middle eastern background, his Turkish influence is seen through his use of graphic prints, similar to those found in Turkish interiors. Handmade embroideries, light crochets and sheer fabrics are used to tell the tale of his show.
Inspired by the Queen Victoria's collection of paper dolls, one named Marie Taglioni, struck an interest with Aksu. The collection is a portrayal of Taglioni's road to success as a prima ballerina; the ups and the downs. “All that romantic poetry, painting and music could express, she could express in her dancing.” Bora Aksu uses the dancers background as his main concept for this seasons' show, aiming to capture the gracefulness of Taglioni's dance, while also depicting her trials and tribulations through an array of colours and textures.
A troupe of models start the first act at the start of the runway, one by one, pirouetting down like ballerinas on pointe in stunningly feminine designs. Starting off light and airy- think sheer white, duck egg blue and gentle nude - personifying the lightness and purity of the ballerina, conjuring a dreamy innocence in the beginning of the show. This progresses as one by one, the models strut down the catwalk, shifting into a gothic drama, as the second act of the show takes a sombre, darker turn in shades of cobalt, lilac and black hues in knotted techniques, symbolising the hardships she encountered, yet still maintaining the delicate undertone.
The designer creates depth through layering different textures and fabrics. Crochet and laser cut lace laid upon barely there chiffons and organzas in corresponding colours. The use of cotton, silks and organzas - exquisitely airy fabrics- gives the collection a featherweight feel. Paired with stunning detailing in techniques, to create beautifully crafted dresses and separates, Bora Aksu composed a magical spectacle for the eyes.
Make Up: Yin Lee for AOFM Pro
Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2015 Looks:
Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2015 Backstage:
Runway Photography: Christopher Dadey (Courtesy of Antwaller & Co)
Backstage Videography and Edit: Alexander Phelps
Backstage Photography: Emmanuel Robert