As the sun shone down brightly on the cobbled stones of Somerset House, London Fashion Week kicked off for another season with an amazing first day. The fashion crowd hit London by storm, many hot off the plane from New York and a tad jet lagged (but nothing a few strong coffee’s couldn’t fix!) Two highlights on Day 1 included Corrie Nielsen and Bora Aksu…
Corrie Nielsen’s Kew garden/floral theme featured heavily across her Ss13 collection. Metallic organza sculpted into the form of a peony rose comprised one dress, whilst another took the Victorian Palm House of Kew Gardens as the inspiration, flipping the ’glass architecture’ inside out with folds of leaves wrapping around a transparent glass-like bodice.
The finale showpiece was a stunning dip-dyed wedding dress in layered ivory silk. There was a real costume drama feel to the show, the designer is consistently described as a “modern couturier.” Nielsen launched her eponymous label in 2010, after she was chosen as the winner of Fashion Fringe by John Galliano. (Triumph supplied all catwalk lingerie for the show.)
Bora Aksu’s regal SS13 runway collection featured stunning floor length gowns in waves of sheer organza, printed dresses with puff sleeves, lace shift dresses, fine printed silk box jackets and crocade skirts, complete with embellished crowns sat perched on the models’ heads.
Aku’s signature neutral palette was punctuated with accents of mustard yellow and royal blue, one look featured a mustard silk skirt and sheer pastel blouse (I Love!) Accessorising the collection was Bora Aksu’s second range of bags, in collaboration with Bracher Emdem. Check out his AW12 bag collection HERE.