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Designer Inspiration Boards: Bora Aksu

17/02/2011 17:14 | Updated 22 May 2015

With London Fashion Week around the corner, we're all getting excited to see what we'll be wearing next autumn and whether we'll still be paying homage to the '70s or unearthing something completely different from the depths of our wardrobes.

Two sketches from Bora Aksu's A/W 2011/12 collection

We thought we'd go behind-the-scenes with some designers showing at London Fashion Week and get the inside scoop on what their inspirations are this season. While the finished product is what we'll ultimately be wearing (or wishing we were), there's nothing more fascinating than seeing how something that struck the designer's imagination - whether it's Hitchcock's heroines or the Alps - gets transformed into a coveted coat or pair of trousers.

Turkish-born designer Bora Aksu is a four-time NEWGEN recipient known for his head-turning cocktail frocks (last season's were inspired by - and covered in - ants) and dark romantic aesthetic. Among his celeb fans are singers like Rihanna, Tori Amos, Paloma Faith and Florence Welch.

"The main theme of the autumn/winter 2011-12 collection is based on the manipulation of classic tailoring technics and turning the details into something new," the designer tells us.

"I can sum it up as "Dr. Jeykll meets Mr Hyde," as the collection is based on contrasts. Proper and Improper, regular and irregular. Classic tailoring fabrics such as cashmere tweeds are used alongside plastic layers."

The gorgeous sketches above definitely have us intrigued - not only by the great coats but also all of the accessories.

Aksu will show his collection on 18th February during London Fashion Week so check back to see images from the collection.


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