Uniformed society and individual will were the juxtaposing themes at Bora Aksu’s AW14 collection this LFW.
White collared blouses and Heidi Ho braids were set to a palette of blacks, midnight blues and stark whites which screamed regime. The uniform representing the structured formality by which our lives are guided, while Aksu’s gentle whimsical introduction of pale pinks, silvers and rich reds mixed with mustards reminded us of our passion and childhood mentalities, encouraging us to dream with a limitless imagination in the face of formulas and rules.
High collars, bodice tops and pencil skirts were played off against rebellious shorter lengths and masculine tailoring, which mocked the conformist, while Aksu’s floor length sweeping lines hinted at freedom and fluidity. Hard wools and corduroys were teamed with soft silks and beaded organza and sent down the runway to Carla Bruni’s stunningly honest and beautiful ‘Quelqu’un M’a Dit’ further emphasising our need for beauty in a word full of both fear and hope, but most of all uncertainties.
The world will harden your heart if you let it. Steal the magic from within you and keep you in its rigid box. But to the dreamers, to lovers and to the ones who wander their own path the world is but a pandoras box of endless possibility. Rebellious innocence at its most breathtaking.
By Sophie Maguire, Editor