For every woman born a princess (and destined to become a Queen, according to the show notes), Bora Aksu have created an opulent Spring/Summer 2013 collection named ‘Modern Queen’. Inspired by Marie Queen of Romania (her nickname was the title to the collection), the garments were destined to feel regal if not a bit sinister. As the story goes, Marie found her self unhappy in her marriage and retreated to her botanical gardens as an escape. Combining the Queen’s love of Art Deco with her gardens, almost every piece in Bora Aksu’s collection features an identical floral print in three different magnifications.
There is not a single piece in this collection that I would not wear. Crowns included. With a palette of romantic blues, royal purples, mustards, golds, and dove grey, flashes of sheer silk organzas and lace really had a chance to shine. This is the kind of collection that everyone from Gwen Stefani to Kate Middleton could fall in love with: a little bit of Alice in Wonderland with incredibly chic structure and technical execution.
Soundtrack love: “Youth” by Daughter.
Though it was one of the first shows of the week, I knew Corrie Nielsen would be one of my Spring/Summer 2013 favourites as soon as the lights dimmed. Her collection, Florilegium (the gathering of flowers), is an editorial stylist’s dream. Inspired by London’s Royal Botanic gardens, Nielsen tailored her elaborate collection to echo both the glasshouse architecture and elaborate fauna of the space itself.
Garments billowed and swung down the runway in carefully considered beauty. With no floral print to be seen, the inspiration was forced to life through less literal ideas, favourites included a peony rose-shaped metallic silk and a dip-dyed wedding dress that played out Corrie’s interpretation of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Peplums, domed backs, and extravagant sheer panels were entwined in many more wearable separates; every piece with its own signature Corrie Nielsen trick and treat. This woman is the modern couturier.
Day One. London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013. Caroline Charles. (Will link to freelance show report when available.)
Instagram – top to bottom, left to right:
1. Caffeinating up at AbiMarvel’s ‘The Apartment’.
2. Business cards (HEY! I JUST MET YOU!) came in the nick of time.
3. Model moments backstage at Nicole Farhi.
5. Avocado and crayfish: belly, now.
6. Henry Holland Fashion Week outfit preview.
7. I have to thank Jade Sukiya for keeping home for us in the press lounge!
8. Apparently I snapped Tori Amos without realising backstage at Bernard Chandran.
9. In absolute lust with Bora Aksu.
It’s that time again, mon cheres. London Fashion Week is a closed eye away and my obsessive compulsive spreadsheets are colour-coded like the rainbow. I am covering the #frow, backstage, streets, and collections for the blog as well as Access-Fashion and Vauxhall Fashion Scout, so keep your peepers peeled.
Follow me on Twitter @lelalondon to co-relish in the madness.
I hope to see you on the other side (and avoid tumbling down the Somerset House cobbles. Let’s hope for that, too).