Jane Austen meets Turkish exotica.
Before lining up for this much-awaited show on Day 3 of Signature International Fashion Weekend 2013, a little bird Tweeted that Bora Aksu (having worked with top global brands like Nike, Converse and Top Shop) marks a decade in fashion this year. It was a full house for the designer who opened London Fashion Week only a couple of months earlier. A decade or not, the collection was light and refreshing — yet profound — and an intense nod to this design maestro’s Turkish roots. The first round of outfits — in powder blue, white and slate-grey with lace and crochet — provided an instant vision of Istanbul. The detailing was exquisite, almost fragile, with feminine frills and lilting layers. The silhouettes — prim high collars and knee-length outfits with cinched waists, accessorised with wedges over white socks — were a romantic throwback to Victorian times. Apart from adorable lace shorts (coupled with white bomber jackets in eco-friendly fabrics), we particularly loved the bell sleeves and crochet capes with discreet sheer panels.
As the audience applauded, Bora’s blue and white colour palette was broken by two stunning hot pink, floor-grazing outfits. They were followed by an unexpected burst of mango and daffodil yellow, paired with white. When showstopper Kangana Ranaut finally sashayed onto the ramp in exquisitely detailed sunshine yellow, the energy in the room was palpable and the verdict unanimous: ideal for lazy brunches or to make statement at A-list events, Bora’s modest yet supremely modish outfits will no doubt make their way into the wardrobes of Indian fashionistas without further delay.
ABSOLUTELY LUST-WORTHY: Ah, those mysterious capes! Think Little Yellow Riding Hood in peek-a-boo lace and something devious on her sharp mind!
Article by- Aparna Pednekar and Sonali Velinker Kamat
Picture credit - Sukrit Nagaraj