The first day of London Fashion Week – which is now a physical/digital schedule – got off with a burst of PINK on 16 September with a collection by Bora Aksu paying homage to Dutch socialite and muse Mathilde Willink and her “buoyant“ life.
Mathilde was married to Dutch artist Carel Willink and was known her maximalist “un-Dutch” style, which led to her becoming the muse of Chinese-Dutch designer Fong Weng. After bitter divorce from Willink she died in 1977..
Aksu collection featured floral prints layered on silk taffeta in bright pinks, greens and blues. he is known for his romantic style and his sharp tailoring and this was used to great effect to offset the volume and sweetness of the collection. Bright pinks dominated the show: actually shades of in different fabric extremely wearable designs bring on SS22.
A fine-checked jacket layered over a sun-ray pleated skirt and shirt in the same pattern (which in turn were layered over a red taffeta shirt and under-skirt) and a salmon pink suit layered over a pretty knit provided a great new take on workwear, as we venture back to the office, while knitted tops and dresses provided the perfect layering pieces for day.
Handbags inspired by 18th century doll-house, and headscarf (a touch of the Dutch heroine) and over-sized 70s-style Linda Farrow sunglasses completed the life-affirming looks, complimented by September sunshine.
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