The invite postcard featuring young school girls in the typical Turkish school uniform of black dresses and crisp white collars, in an airmail envelope postmarked 1.7.53 should have said it all really. Inspired by the Turkish designer’s mother Birsen’s boarding school days at Izmir Girls School between 1953-1957, Bora Aksu’s latest collection showcased on the first day of London Fashion Week February 2014 showcased school girl chic to the max.
The collection provided a juxtaposition we would have all felt back in our school days – one of disciple and structure versus playfulness and mischief. While navy and black pieces were reminiscent of school discipline and structure, the vibrant burgundies, mustards and pretty pastel pinks were the epitome of “sugar and spice and all things nice.”
The makeup and hair reflected the school girl silhouettes created by the designer, with barely there pastel tones in makeup and cute braids sported by the models. Aksu paired silks with wools and corduroy, with leather panels bridging the gap between concept and materials. 2002 Central St Martins’s MA graduate Aksu has since gone on to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the industry from Topshop to Nike, from Anthropologie to Selfridges.
His twisted romantic aesthetic has not only caught the hearts of celebrities like Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley, but has rightfully earned himself Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in Turkey and a spot on the judging panel of the WGSN Global Fashion Awards.
His seamless juxtaposition of femininity with a hard edge has also gained him fans in high places Dolce and Gabbana having purchased a few of his pieces as sources of inspiration. We cannot wait to see what Bora Aksu does next.