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London Fashion Week Kicks Off In English Capital

posted 14 Feb 2014, 09:35 by Mpelembe   [ updated 14 Feb 2014, 09:36 ]

Bi-annual fashion event, London Fashion Week, begins in the English capital with Turkish born designer Bora Aksu unveiling his look for Autumn/Winter.

 LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FEBRUARY 14, 2014) (REUTERS) - Hundreds of fashion industry experts are due to descend on the English capital to attend scores of fashion shows and events as part of London Fashion Week.

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The bi-annual fashion event kicked off on Friday (February 14) with Turkish born designer Bora Aksu among the designers showcasing their new collections on the first day.

"I mean excited and nervous, it's a bit like, I feel like a bit like exams still. But I enjoy it, yeah," said Aksu speaking about he felt ahead of his show.

Aksu said he drew inspiration for his collection from his mother's school days during the 1950's.

"It is based on my mum's years between 1953 and 1958 when she was at boarding school inTurkey. So it was basically based on her letters she was writing home and then her uniforms and the dress code and everything about that era. She was 13 to 17 basically, that era," said the designer who has been based in London for 15 years.

Aksu sent models down the runway wearing shades of black, mustard and wine red combining different textures of suede and leather.

He said he wanted to portray a sense of innocence and naivety through his garments.

Aksu, a graduate of fashion school Central Saint Martins, said people are snapping up his separates, with tops doing particularly well at the moment.

His clothes are sold in luxury boutiques around the world but Aksu said he's seeing a healthy appetite for his designs from shoppers in Japan and Hong Kong.

The British fashion industry is worth 26 billion pounds, according to British Fashion CouncilChairman Natalie Massanet.

The five day fashion event will see designers like British luxury brand Burberry, U.S Designer Tom Ford and British designer Julien Macdonald all showing off their new looks for the season.

London Fashion Week runs from 14-18 February.