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Bora Aksu

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ETHEREAL EDGY

London
: Bora Aksu’s directional label has been gaining in popularity since its inception in 2002. The London-based Turkish designer is known for his intricate construction techniques and his penchant for mixed materials. This season, Aksu remained true to form, continuing with his tulip-shaped silhouettes, pieced legwear and harness-like overlays on dresses, but the collection had a less aggressive feeling than previous seasons, mostly because colors were pale and tonal — dusty pinks, soft blues and cosmetic shades. While his signature dresses remained a focal point, Aksu expanded his offerings to include more separates; relaxed trousers, button-up tops and shrunken blazers were a fitting addition to the line. Of course, these had Aksu’s unique touch: trousers were embellished with tiny sequins, shimmering jacquard was used for skirts, and tops were gathered and ruched. The cohesiveness of the new pieces demonstrated the designer’s clear vision.

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