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London Fashion Week – Bora Aksu SS14

By September 15, 2013 Events, LFW

Turkish designer Bora Aksu celebrates 10 years at London Fashion Week with his spring/summer 14 collection: Nazar.

As he realised it has been already a decade since his LFW debut, he decided to go back to his roots and get inspired in his childhood memories from his colourful homeland, Turkey.

Traditional handwoven Turkish textiles are incorporated into pencil skirts, dresses, cropped jackets and boleros. Layering continued to be key, by using laces, silk, chiffons, quilted cotton all adding an extra texture to the pieces. Bora Aksu commonly uses bright colours and this was not the exception. The colour palette included off-whites as a key colour, but he then injected bright yellows, blues and hot fuchsia as a reference to his hot long summers. Classic shapes and collared necks predominated the collection.

It wasn’t one of my favourite collections from him, I must admit.  He did achieve his full intention of bringing his roots to the show, but it was way too traditional, it even made me think of Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. However, I did like the total white looks, necks and pumped shoulders that opened the show and that yellow dress of layers over layers that closed it. I would stick to his previous AW show by far, see it here. What do you think?

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Back to the 1920s and the Dolly sisters with Bora Aksu

By February 17, 2013 Designers, Events, LFW

There’s always something SO unique and special about Bora Aksu’s shows and collections, and once again I wasn’t disappointed by such artistic creativity embodied in his autumn/winter 2013 presented on day 1 of London Fashion Week.

Inspired by the vaudeville identical twins from  New York, the Dolly sisters, the Turkish designer took the 1920s to the runway with pencil skirts, leather corsets, capes, high necklines, collar knitted dresses, squared shoulders and I think it is the first time I see so much fur in his designs, which added an absolute beautiful touch.

He introduced a delicate vintage flavour to the trademark that he describes as ‘romantic with a darker twist’ and takes the energy from Dolly dancers to include bright colours such as hot pink, magenta and fuchsia in his particular knitted prints.

Headpieces are always a key part of his shows. This season models wore matching skull-caps and the hairstyle was a fascinating drum-tight with two plaits.

Closing, as usual, with a very Aksu’s finale, different to the all in one straight line models… He really, is different!

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And if you don’t know who the Dolly sisters were (fair enough, we are in 2013!) Here you go! [Getty Images]

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Outfit of the day: London Fashion Week

By February 18, 2012 OUTFITS 1
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Yesterday was an exciting day. London Fashion Week A/W kicked off and Somerset House saw celebrities, models, designers, journalists, fashion bloggers, fashionistas and very particular personalities that you will see in the next post. Great shows opened the week, including Bora Aksu, which I loved, and CSM MA’s collections. I  had a good look around the designers’ exhibitions, where I of course spotted a pair of sunnies, boots and amazing jewelry.

Just wanted to show you quickly my outfit of day 1. Lots of exciting shows coming up… will keep you posted!

 

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Interview with Elite model Samara Fagan

By October 5, 2011 Interviews
Samara Fagan for FashionInsideOut

MODEL: Samara Fagan

We are getting a flavour of how it is like to be a model in the difficult fashion business. And for that, we have got 19-year-old Elite model Samara Fagan, who had a big change in her life since moving to London four years ago. She began in Elite by entering a competition and has now a contract with this top models agency, plus a busy schedule. You might see this Australian-born girl on campaigns of high street fashion brands such as Wallis and in Fashion Weeks hitting the catwalk of amazing designers such as Jena Theo and Bora Aksu, with whom she has travelled around the world to showcase his collections. Samara shares with FashionInsideOut her experiences, healthy diet, secrets and even her kind of guy! Enjoy…

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ELITE portfolio: Samara Fagan

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Spring/Summer collection embraces Somerset House

By March 3, 2011 Elle, Events, LFW

London Fashion Week embraced the gray capital from 18 to 23 February with a stunning Spring/Summer 2011 collection full of maximum metallics, bright colours, soft pink, fringes, and of course Black Swan-inspired tutus.

As London was still rocking the runways, London Fashion Weekend followed from Thursday 24 until Sunday 27, sadly saying “so long, farewell”, giving a break to the fashion euphoria that will be back for the autumn/winter collection reminding us that the summer was nice, but short.

Once again, over 100 top designer’s tempting sales invaded Somerset House. Their collections squeezed shopaholics’ wallets as they purchased fresh designs for a new look this season. Designers included: American Retro, Amishi, Bolongaro Trevor, Bora Aksu, Shakuhachi, Madeline Thompson Cashmere, Ella Moss, Finsk, Michael Lewis, Makki, Oakwood, Twenty8Twelve, Sam Ubhi and so much more.

Fashionistas couldn’t pass by designer’s exhibition without having a quick look and either finding what they were looking for or falling in love with a stylish piece.

Jewerlly was better than never before. The ultimate accessories invaded the sales corridors, a bit of everything for different tastes. Rockstar style, elegant, funny fruity pieces, flowerish, elegant and hot rings, necklaces and earings that could be wear not only in this sunny season, but also during a the stylish winter nightlife.

The catwalk gives an insight and inspiration for the new season hair and beauty makeovers

Zara Martin presenting the catwalk

For the second time, Zara Martin hosted the catwalk, and her boring words became more chatty, but I can’t leave behind her constant look to the floor. Let’s stop criticising the yummie presenter and focus on the catwalk.

In the year of the Royal Wedding, classy English style and ballet fever, LFW gathered the best designers  and exposed their best trends on the runway, following particular themes: Swan Vesta, which with pop brights, pastels, crinolines, chiffon, laces, decorative small ribbons, feathers and  and monochromatic elegant pieces sends you to a dreamlike catwalk; Lady Brights included flourocent heels, Grease looklike knee length skirts, sculpting the body and giving it volume with lycras, wools and knits.

In addition, the catwalk included two top designers that shared their best S/S 2011 pieces: Turkish-born Bora Aksu, inspired by ants’ body shape, introduced geometric padded pieces tucked in waists alongside striking mettalic palette of greys, silver and reds. The Canadian-born Mark Fast, inspired by the oil slick qand Icelandic volcano eruption, fascinated the crowd with stitching techniques. using blending lycra and the finest wool, pinks and red on black and white bases, resulting in a luminous parade of tropical spirit with an elegant inside soul. His pieces were simply stunning, shaping the body.

Spring/Summer collections are usually my favourite, showing a bit more of skin and wearing some true colours that cheer up the day.

FashionInsideOut’s favuorite this season: FRINGES!… I was too tempted by the  leather clutches.

Tony & Guy added the springish hairstyle, Elizabeth Arden the hottest makeup, inspired by the metallic colours and 70s brights. The catwalk experienced gold eyeshadows, smokey eyes -always a sexy in- and orangy and red tones of lipsticks.

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As the last LFW, tickets are available online weeks before the event, tickets were being sold at the door as well, varying prices between £20 and £60: Black (entrance), Silver (entrance + showbag/catwalk), Gold (entrance + showbag + catwalk) , Platinum (Club Lounge). By adding £1 to your ticket you could take Elle magazine home with you and keep tasting the latest trends of the season.

See you all next season… et voilà!

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Models leave the catwalk wearing Mark Fast's fringes

Once again with the 'Juicy' model

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Fashionistas spotted…

Red Nose day by Vivienne Westwood

Finsk, always a favourite

Accessories:

LOVE Makki night hangbags and clutches

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