Designer of the day - The Idealist: Bora Aksu

He’s deeply attached to his roots and is a whiz at spinning futuristic visions from tradition. From Istanbul and London to Mumbai, his is a fascinating journey of dreams, ambition and aesthetics. LIVEINSTYLE.COM speaks to Bora Aksu on his connect with India and more.

On his show stopping outfit

“A floor-length tiered silk-chiffon gown in a dazzling yellow, with intricate embellishments. It really sums up the season.”

On the current fashion trend he’s had enough of

“I think the 1980s style has been done now!”

On the vintage fashion trend he’d love to revive

“In love the feminine and fluid silhouettes of the Thirties — they look great on women!”

On his biggest inspiration

“This season, I have really been influenced by my home country, Turkey. After 10 years of showing in London, I really looked back to the diverse and rich Turkish culture — its landscape, art, architecture and traditional techniques.”

His permanent muse

“The Bora Aksu girl is a tomboy (at heart). As she grows up, she experiments with her style and enjoys dressing up, but that tomboy always remains within her.”

On a celebrity who epitomises his signature style

“Tori Amos: the American pianist, songwriter and music composer.”

On what he’d be if he wasn’t a designer

“An illustrator or painter.”

On what he needs around him to design

“I need a very calm environment to design with not too many people around. Luckily, I am able to find this chilled, positive vibe at my design studio in London.”

On his celebrity clients

“Kate Nash has worn my clothes on her world tour recently. I’ve also designed some special items for her (to wear at events). Olivia Palermo, Paloma Faith and Laura Whitmore have also looked great in my designs recently.”

On showing his work in Mumbai

“It’s very exciting. I’ve been to Mumbai before, but this is the first time I’m showing my designs here. It should be very unique and different!”

Words that come to mind when he thinks of India

“Vibrancy, colour and energy! I also love Indian food, though I’m not too big on chillies! But I love the variations you have here. Lentils are my favourite, so anything with lentils in it is a big hit with me.”

On Bollywood

“I love your films — so much colour and vitality! I love some of the old Indian movies, like Raj Kapoor’s Awara.”

On the similarities between India and Turkey

“Both countries are very rich in colour and culture, with very warm people! When I was last in India, I loved the hospitality here. It reminded of my homeland.”

Picture credit - www.theguideistanbul.com

By Sonali Velinker Kamat and Aparna Pednekar

Designer of the day - The Idealist: Bora Aksu

Sonali Velinker Kamat

He’s deeply attached to his roots and is a whiz at spinning futuristic visions from tradition. From Istanbul and London to Mumbai, his is a fascinating journey of dreams, ambition and aesthetics. LIVEINSTYLE.COM speaks to Bora Aksu on his connect with India and more.

On his show stopping outfit

“A floor-length tiered silk-chiffon gown in a dazzling yellow, with intricate embellishments. It really sums up the season.”

On the current fashion trend he’s had enough of

“I think the 1980s style has been done now!”

On the vintage fashion trend he’d love to revive

“In love the feminine and fluid silhouettes of the Thirties — they look great on women!”

On his biggest inspiration

“This season, I have really been influenced by my home country, Turkey. After 10 years of showing in London, I really looked back to the diverse and rich Turkish culture — its landscape, art, architecture and traditional techniques.”

His permanent muse

“The Bora Aksu girl is a tomboy (at heart). As she grows up, she experiments with her style and enjoys dressing up, but that tomboy always remains within her.”

On a celebrity who epitomises his signature style

“Tori Amos: the American pianist, songwriter and music composer.”

On what he’d be if he wasn’t a designer

“An illustrator or painter.”

On what he needs around him to design

“I need a very calm environment to design with not too many people around. Luckily, I am able to find this chilled, positive vibe at my design studio in London.”

On his celebrity clients

“Kate Nash has worn my clothes on her world tour recently. I’ve also designed some special items for her (to wear at events). Olivia Palermo, Paloma Faith and Laura Whitmore have also looked great in my designs recently.”

On showing his work in Mumbai

“It’s very exciting. I’ve been to Mumbai before, but this is the first time I’m showing my designs here. It should be very unique and different!”

Words that come to mind when he thinks of India

“Vibrancy, colour and energy! I also love Indian food, though I’m not too big on chillies! But I love the variations you have here. Lentils are my favourite, so anything with lentils in it is a big hit with me.”

On Bollywood

“I love your films — so much colour and vitality! I love some of the old Indian movies, like Raj Kapoor’s Awara.”

On the similarities between India and Turkey

“Both countries are very rich in colour and culture, with very warm people! When I was last in India, I loved the hospitality here. It reminded of my homeland.”

Picture credit - www.theguideistanbul.com

By Sonali Velinker Kamat and Aparna Pednekar

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