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Bora Aksu

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London: The inspiration for Turkish designer Bora Aksu’s S/S 11 collection came to him on a summer afternoon while watching a colony of ants move about the ground. Especially intrigued by ant bodies, and “the shapes and the padding and the mix of spiky and hard,” Aksu designed a dress-heavy collection full of sculpted hourglass styles. Hips, busts, and shoulders were emphasized with padding and curvy piped seams. Strategically placed ruffles further exaggerated torso segments, and reflective materials imitated the ant’s shiny black exterior. A color palette of silvery grey, black, navy, and red worked well with the intriguing inspiration. Strips of lace outlined pieced panels, delineating structure while adding an element of romance, while pleated trousers and boxy jackets indicated menswear influences, as did accessories like ascots, bow ties and cummerbunds.

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