- Title: UK: Bora Aksu looks to the 20s for new collection
- Date: 15th February 2013
- Summary: MORE OF MODELS WALKING ALONG CATWALK MODEL WEARING WHITE LACE DRESS WITH GREY FRILL SLEEVES AND COLLAR MORE OF MODEL WALKING ALONG CATWALK FRONT ROW WATCHING SHOW MODEL WALKING ALONG CATWALK IN BLACK LEATHER CLOAK MORE OF MODELS ON CATWALK BORA AKSU BEING INTERVIEWED BACKSTAGE
- Embargoed: 2nd March 2013 12:00
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Business,Fashion
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- Story Text: Turkish born designer sends models down the runway in leather, corsets and sheepskin, using inspiration from a 1920's Vaudeville act.
Pop star Kate Nash, among other fashionistas attended Bora Aksu's London Fashion Week show on Friday (February 15).
Turkish-born Aksu was unveiling his new Autumn/Winter collection on the first day of the fashion event at London's historic Somerset House.
Speaking just before the show Nash said she has developed a close relationship with the designer and was excited about seeing what he had to offer.
"I think the most exciting show for me cos I've kind of like been working with him a little bit too, so I feel like I have , like a bit of a personal relationship now so. I just love the way that he uses like all my favourite materials in like one outfit, and it, it's just really elegant but also really fun," said the pop star who is about to release a new album.
Models were sent down the runway wearing leather corsets and sheepskin garments.
Aksu said his inspiration came from a 1920's vaudeville act, the Dolly Sisters, who were known at the time for their beauty and independence.
Leather was a key part of the collection, with the material being sourced from Aksu's homeland.
"It's like because the leathers and the sheepskin, the fur, all came from Turkey, so that was like a kind of focus point of the collection and I still creating like a glamorous and exaggerated twenties shape but creating in a way that woman today on a day, day to day base can wear it," said Aksu backstage at the show.
The 1920's theme was also highlighted by the intricate coloured headpieces the models were wearing. Aksu said that too was a throwback to the 20's trying to create a hat that looks like a haircut from the decade.
When asked who the Bora Aksu woman is, the British based designer described her as a tomboy who is now embracing glamour.
"Tomboy woman, it's, it's like it's the girls who climb the trees when they were little and now they, they enjoy dressing up because they didn't do it when they were little, so that type of woman is my woman," he said.
Dresses, which are key to Aksu's look, featured in the collection. But among his new creations were capes, jackets and shirts for layering.
More than 80 designers are expected to present their latest collections at London Fashion Week.
British heritage brands Burberry and Mulberry will be unveiling their new collections, with pop star Rihanna also debuting her new collaboration with high street store River Island.
London Fashion Week runs from the 15-19 February.
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