The FashionThirst team braved the rain to see this year's presentations and collections for London Fashion Week 2013. Our first stop was the Bora Asku show, it was truly remarkable. Bora's traditional Turkish outfits were authentic and intricate in design. His use of bell shaped sleeves and beautiful lacework put us on a journey to Istanbul, Izmir and Bodrum. Bora's collection really evoked emotions in those who appreciate age-old craftmanship originally from Turkey, Bora has been in London for a good solid 15 years. His label came in to being shortly after he completed his MA at Central Saint Martins what stood out for us in this particular show was his colour palette. The palette ranged from 'evil eye bead' Turquoise blue, the kind which adorns the Haga Sophia Mosque, to bursts of rich yellow. A very well thought through colour palette.
Bora's fabrics were an array of soft meshes mainly used around the hemlines, and some Organza was used too. Bora Aksu worked directly with the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism as official sponsor for his London Fashion Week show. He relished the opportunity to display the cultural and traditional artistry of Turkey. The patterns and textures of the Iznik tiles were original and refined. The handwoven Turkish textiles were incorporated into cropped jackets and boleros. The layering consisted of geometric laces over silk tulles and chiffons. The hand crochets were produced in Izmir. The Turks have been at the forefront of the 'rag trade' and the textiles industry since the East End Jews left inner city London (for Essex) in the 70s. Istanbul is firmly on the map of fashion along with Milan, Paris and London. We loved Bora's authentic and traditional designs. Heritage rocks!
Monica Cummings, Ba Hons., MA (Chief Editor)