Category Archives: Autumn/Winter 11

Bora Aksu.. Over The Top with Textiles or Textile Fabulous?

Bora Aksu is a London-based Turkish designer. He is best known for, based on a balance between differing textures and fabric weights, knitting techniques and embellishment.

Here are a few pieces from his Autumn Winter 2011 collection:

There were a lot of textiles in this collection, perhaps a little too much? I am very impressed that he is going out there for knit and stitch but was it a little too crafty? I’d love to know your thoughts! Did he bring a good balance of fashion and textiles to this collection or did the fact that he is ‘known for textiles’ result in it appearing slightly like a school project?

Is Bora Aksu over the top or textile fabulous?

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Bora also designs a Fairtrade capsule collection for People Tree… A little plain and dull but Fairtrade all the same. Isn’t it about time Fairtrade became fashionable and fun? Obviously if there are already companies out there doing it already I’d love to know who and where they are!?

Images from Vogue and LFW

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Vogue’s London Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

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  • An obsession with straps and bandaging gives dramatic tension.
  • Colour: between Burberry’s Crayola brights and Louise Gray’s foil-dotted plaid mohair, there is a resplendent feast of colour. Jonathan Saunders’ William Morris-inspired prints in turquoise, coral and leaf green were a real standout.

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  • Great new looks for modernists included the long tunic over flaring trousers in plays of sheer and print.
  • Silhouettes have simplified and purified. This is a season of evening trousers matched with fancy blouses, of demure sheath-like dresses with high necks and long sleeves.

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Some interesting trends coming this Autumn from London; over the next few weeks I will be exploring my favourite designers in more depth..

Vogue’s London Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

Part 1…

  • Following seasons of cosy rusticity and utility wear for day, and thigh-skimming cocktailwear for night, London designers are now focussing on elaborately detailed and seriously grown-up chic.

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  • There is a fetishistic edge to the beautifully crafted clothes – see Giles, Topshop Unique, Antonio Berardi and Marios Schwab.

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Vogue’s New York Trend Report Autumn Winter 2011

  • A new feel for richness, detail and sumptuous fabrics flourished through the NYC collections taking many shapes and forms – see Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Thakoon

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  • At Donna Karan and Victoria Beckham new shapes emerged like the wrap skirt, the midi length and a u-turn of the body con va-va-voom trend that dominated last winter.

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  • Androgyny was the calling card with Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim delivering luxe utility
  • The romance with the Seventies is still in the air – as seen at Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Marc by Marc Jacobs

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I heart Prabal Gurung!

Here’s why I love him….

Autumn Winter 2011 collection favourites:

Spring Summer 2011 collection favourites:

Beautiful embellishments, sequins, luxurious fabrics and great shapes. Love the nude palette, feathers, smocking and flower details. He also seems like a great guy… ‘believe in yourself’!

Trend – the Black Cut Out Dress

If the little black dress is to be ‘cut out’ this winter… that’s fine by me! A few designers showing the look for Autumn Winter 2011:

Betty Jackson:

Topshop Unique:

Antonio Berardi:

Giles:

Images from Vogue and Topshop

Happy Snaps at London Fashion Week

I very much enjoyed going to see Betty Jackson and Belle Sauvage at London Fashion Week! My highlights:

– Fur coats, heavy layering of different fabrics, cut out dresses and lots of RED at Betty Jackson.

– Prints that looked like fabric manipulations, body con and a massive HAT at Belle Sauvage.

Here are a few of my snaps: