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.)
To be backstage at Nicole Farhi is a beautiful thing. Getting a sneak peek and uber-close look at her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was an absolute dream. With mustard, grey, and gold on the mind, Madame Farhi managed to balance the sensibly pristine with a dash of sequins. Minimal magic and new-age embellishments on classic pieced? Be still, my heart.
Though the models rocked pale foundation and blue lips, Bora Aksu’s collection was anything but frosty. The Turkish-born designer has a knack for taking fashion out of its comfort zone and displaying ornate detail on soft and feminine materials. This season gave a lot of white, pink, grey, and a whole lot of lace. A sensual juxtaposition of light and dark. If you love the idea of “Erdem meets Mary Katrantzou”, Aksu is your guy.
I was really surprised by Felder Felder this season. Known for their definitively dark presentations, the flaxen-haired duo gave us “Blonde” – a collection that appealed to a versatile, more contemporary buyer. The colours ranged from golds, to oranges, to impressively dark prints; dare I say there was a real Rodarte feel to the collection. This was a collection that any woman could create a capsule wardrobe from, and I am never one to complain about that. View Post
The Best of Street Style from London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012.