Bora Aksu's Schoolgirl Is Ready to Rebel
Letters and notes written by his mother as a boarding school student in the 1950s were Bora Aksu's reference material for Autumn/Winter 2014, but don't let that fool you into thinking this was a candy-hued, poodle-skirted homage to the teens of the era. Instead, the designer looked at the contradictions between a uniformed student forced to conform and the hopes and dreams of a 13-year-old girl just learning about life in what the show notes describe as "a fragile period." It was a collection full of juxtaposition through colour, texture, and form.
High concept aside, there were pieces in this collection that could easily be taken straight off the catwalk and worn today. These included a buttercup-yellow dress with a high collar and scallop-textured bodice and skirt, cropped leather jackets with printed trims, a pale pink leather skirt with iridescent sequinned panels, biker jackets in various leathers, and a whole host of pencil skirts in various fabrics and shades. More difficult to imagine off the runway were the restrictive poncho capes, full-length leather and velvet panelled skirts, and cropped knits with exaggerated shoulders and childlike collars.
Overall, the sheer breadth of the collection — from the pretty pale pinks to the moodier, heavier, dark pieces — offered individual pieces to suit many styles, but the collaboration with Turkish Leather Brands meant the leather pieces in particular were the ones to watch. Add a jacket to your wish list now!