Bora Aksu AW19 Review: Fashion Meets Outer Space
By Arpit Kaur
Inspired by the first woman to go into space, Bora Aksu’s Autumn/Winter19 collection takes us on a magical journey to far away galaxies and outer space.
Bora Aksu’s Aw19 collection was inspired by Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to go into space. The London based Turkish fashion designer reflected the contrast of Valentina’s early life being raised in a small village in Russia to her later life as an astronaut in his garments by contrasting boxy silhouettes and puffer jackets with soft and feminine frills and tulles in soft pastel lilac hues, powder pinks and dusky blues reminding one of distant galaxies.
While the collection initially started out as more sombre and muted reflecting Valentina’s earlier life it quickly progressed to more elaborate and colourful pieces as the clothes started to reflect the outer space aesthetic.
The best part of the collection was the use of unusual, light and creamy holographic dresses that reminded one of milky way. The shiny iridescent material used for the dresses flowed beautifully as the models walked down the runaway to create an outwardly atmosphere.
The hand-knitted and hand-embroidered head pieces designed in collaboration with Liria Pristine added a touch of avant-garde to the collection and so did the funky oval shaped sunglasses and pearl jewellery created by Halo and Co.
From the grey checked crisp tailored suit and coat to the pastel blue and lilac hued layered tulle dress with the shiny oversized bow, all in the same collection, it is evident that Bora Aksu can clearly do it all. Most pieces from the collection especially the jackets, were surprisingly wearable especially the cropped dusty pink puffer jacket (which let’s face it, we all need now.)
Bora Aksu was able to create a collection that combined strength and romanticism in a beautiful and breezy way and no one can deny the raw talent and hard work that it would’ve taken to do so. We’ll probably never go to space anytime soon but if we do we’ll keep this collection in our mind so we can dress the part.