Friday, 14 February 2014

Backstage at Bora Aksu

So it's that time of year when everyone who is interested in fashion and can get to London flocks to Somerset House and the other venues to see the trends that will dominate our wardrobe come September. And this year I was one of them.

Having started my dream University course I am now trying to gain some experience so that at the end of my course I am able to find a career that I love. Although my attempt for this season of Fashion Week was fairly cautious, due to illness as well as lack of time, I am pleased to say that I helped out at the Bora Aksu A/W 14 show today. 

It was one of the few designers that answered the emails I sent to about 30 people. Working at Fashion Week is perhaps part luck but also sheer determination. 

The day was fairly short, but definitely fun filled and very informative. This morning I got up excruciatingly early so that I could meet my friend Danni (her blog can be found here) for a hearty McDonalds breakfast, both of us wanting a good amount of food to set us up for the day. After walking around the BFC showspace at Somerset House about 20 times we managed to find our fellow dressers as well as the man who was responsible for the backstage area. 



Unfortunately I didn't manage to get any photos of the actual hair and make up looks as Danni and I were too busy trying to make sure that all the clothing was perfect for the runway. However the girls all had very minimal makeup making sure that the skin looked flawless and very clean. It was easy to see the inspiration for the collection, letters from Bora's mother when she was at boarding school, in this fresh-faced approach as well as the hair. The hair was up in a rope braid that formed a crown with pieces of ribbon at the base of the braid. 

Now the clothes themselves were beautiful. 



The collection was in midnight blues, pastel pink, mustard yellow, black and bright reds. All of the garments played with textures, with the softest leathers and beautiful crochet details. All in all the collection was ultra-feminine and had the sense of a uniform, again a reference to the boarding school environment. 

Our task was to dress the models in two looks for the runway. The first look which is usually more relaxed was stressful for us as our model was one of the last ones out of hair and makeup. But we managed to fumble our ways through and then waited for our model to return so that we could get her changed. That was the tricky part trying to get her changed as quickly as possible without ruining the hair or makeup. Whilst allowing the makeup artists to make touch ups. 

Then it was all over and we tidied up the rail and said our thank yous and went for a spot of lunch at Itsu. 

I thought it was such a wonderful introduction into working a fashion week and every single person there was absolutely lovely and very helpful when we had any questions. 

Speak soon lovelies. 

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