Fall/Winter 2021 sees Bora Aksu transport us to Revolutionary France amid the tumultuous landscape of upheaval, war and isolation presenting a collection inspired by peerless life and achievements of mathematician and physicist Sophie Germain.
The same world that inspired the cries of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité ou la Mort” also allowed the blossoming of one of the modern era’s most sublime and often overlooked thinkers. In turn this has drawn Bora Aksu to reflect on the effect that isolation can have on the mind, simultaneously eroding and inspiring the greatest feats of passion and creativity.
In this collection Bora Aksu draws on the power of isolation and its ability to push people to their limits. Using silhouettes and styles inspired by late 18th and early 19th century dress, Bora Aksu combines the masculine and feminine that defined the early-modern era in a play on Germain’s own attempts to defy the masculine norms of her time.
From tailored velvets suits and French caps to boxed cashmere coats, the use of masculinity to enhance the feminine and vice versa plays a key role in this collection. Sharp tailoring is paired with soft detailing, tulle and taffeta aprons enhance the structure while adding an ethereal, almost childlike playfulness. While the multi-coloured laces in navy, teal, buttercream and corn yellows are juxtaposed to create both soft and structured shapes and add a sense of vibrance and romance to the collection.
Fall/Winter 2021 also sees Bora Aksu take his first steps into the world of accessories with the introduction of his handbag line. Crafted from Italian leather they combine classic materials with Aksu’s innovative style allowing for both practicality and versatility. The collection is available in two sizes and come in brown, black, white and red.
A sophisticated femininity is evident in both the embroidery and printed dresses, pairing the ideals of conservative femininity with the joy and freedom of vibrant and otherworldly fabrics. The collection is voluminous and rich; long tailored coats, cropped jackets, capes, shirts and skirts all function as separates yet combine to offer a glimpse into a world that reflects the passion and drive of women like Sophie Germain, who from the moment of their birth stand against the forces that seek to keep them in the background.