London Fashion Week: Bora Aksu’s Izmir-inspired collection

A model walks the runway at the Bora Aksu show. Eamonn M. McCormack / Getty Images
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Turkish designer Bora Aksu’s signature ethereal silhouettes and intricate detailing were evident in his spring/summer 2016 collection, which he says was inspired by the childhood summers he spent at his family’s country house in Izmir, a city on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Indeed, his pretty palette of pink, white, lemon and red orange evoked a summer garden.

Not that the line is entirely fresh and sweet. Aksu occasionally wandered into gothic territory with his proficient use of lace and organza. His skilful technique was put to good use in pieces that featured sophisticated sheer panelling.

One of the standout looks was a delicately tailored silk tulle coat worn over an ornate white lace dress, accessorised by a simple white belt. It was focused and wearable — romantic yet aggressive — like the best of Aksu’s work.