Sunglasses: Dolce&Gabbana c/o Sunglasses Shop, Skirt: Frank Usher, Top: Adolfo Dominguez, Bag: Chanel, Sandals: New Look, Jewellery: Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Chanel Location: Somerset House, London, UK
Images by Rebecca Cofie
I am an Antichrist
I am an anarchist
don’t know what I want but
I know how to get it
I wanna destroy passerby
‘Cause I wanna be anarchy
In the city
Anarchy for the UK
It’s coming sometime maybe
I give a wrong time stop a traffic line
Your future dream is a shopping scheme
‘Cause I wanna be anarchy
In the city, the only way to be
Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK
If it was Paris Fashion Week I was preparing for, these dotted Dolce&Gabbana sunnies would quickly be switched to my classic black Gucci frames and the pink hair would stay my usual colour resulting in a very Audrey up-do. But we’re not in Paris, this is London – and here rules don’t apply when it comes to street style.
We all need an outlet to punk out. Rebelling has many forms. Mine happens to be pink and bang in the middle of Somerset House.
Disclaimer: I apologise in advance for all of the bee puns. I was in an exceptionally good mood when writing this and they just kept on coming. Let’s bee adult about this and let it go. There I went again.
Oh my. There were so many Queen Bee puns I was willing to come up with but then I thought I’d just mind my own beeswax. That’s two out of the way now.
This is probably the most fun and humorous collection I witnessed this LFW. After all, butterflies for summer have been overdone in the noughties, and spider/bug motifs sound too Autumn-Winter. Yes, the insect kingdom has its own fashion seasons.
So that leaves us with the black and yellow beezzzz-zzzz-zzzz as there’s enough flies and mosquitoes around in summer even without them being printed on clothing. Also, the latter are just not that inspiring, unless you are shooting a sci-fi/horror flick.
Back to the bees-ness. While a whole range of designers focused on deconstructing pieces, Hakaan did the opposite – constructed silhouettes, defined shapes and lively colours were what made the collection sweeter than honey.
A particular favourite of mine was the yellow fringed skirt – what a killer sting look that would make paired with a classic white or beige silk top or even crisp white shirt.
The final look (and the look that closed LFW this season) was a fantastic take on the classic full length evening dress. A particularly stunning piece made unforgettable by adding a beehive-skirt effect, quite literally.
In the humour stakes this collection reminded me of the time Prada sent banana earrings down her catwalk to a roaring success.
Hakaan Yildirim’s collection made me want winter to really hurry up and get over and done with as there are stunning pieces to be worn that would make me nothing short of the bee’s knees.
I was looking forward to the Bora Aksu show just like I used to look forward to getting a Love Is bubble gum in my childhood. Anyone remembers those? Tasting of everything sweet and perfect, the Love Is bubble gum came with a little illustration and a quote about love. Similarly, Bora Aksu’s invitation came with stickers. STICKERS, people. What more could I want?
A fairytale like collection had the models walk down the runway looking like nymphs, ready to inspire and ignite. Sometimes structured, sometimes eerie – the fabrics were detailed, light but not light-hearted; there was no humour, rather nostalgia, mystery and a feel of eternal summer.
While the designs put me into a dream-like state, the intricate details made everything possible to keep me there. The Bora Aksu woman is a pure romantic. However she is not a one dimensional heroine – there’s a hint of darkness to her. Think Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides. Think pagan goddesses. Think the afterparty of the White Ball, any White Ball.
In Bora Aksu’s Spring Summer 2015 collection midsummer night is every night. After all, a perfect summer is one that never ends.