Flower crowns, lavender hues and stunning floral prints – it is fair to say this was my absolute favourite collection shown so far by Bora Aksu. In previous seasons I have found the collections to have a sweet, fledgling charm about them and I have loved certain looks but this season I felt the attention to detail had taken a stronger turn – from the crowns atop the model’s head right through to the tights which looked as if swirls had actually been painted on their legs. There have always been exquisite touches like this in previous collections, such as beautiful mustard dipped hemlines in the A/W12 collection or charming flowers creeping across a dress, but the attention to detail really worked across the board and showed that the designer has found his stride.
The model’s were styled like charming, crazed queens with their strange but beautiful crowns towering above messy beehives and tight collars pinched across their necks. Each dress displayed fabulous prints and colours in signature flower motifs or vines rising across the body. The looks were mainly flowing and floaty, some with pockets in them to give the dresses a more casual appeal. There were also occasional accessories in the form of bright orange clutches and an array of stylish court shoes.
In particular, I adored a look which had a slightly different style to the shorter dresses – a floor length cream dress with the vines reaching from the floor to the collar. A flowing gold and yellow look also really stood out.
I have always enjoyed Aksu’s shows, but this season really struck a chord. The crowns added a much needed tongue in cheek edge and the tights looked like extensions of the dresses instead of actual tights – a mean feat considering this is a Spring/Summer collection. Dreamy, beautiful and full of inspiration.
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