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For the Autumn Winter collection, Bora Aksu took inspiration from Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. This show had an etherial anti-gravity feeling, reminiscent of astronauts, or indeed Cosmonauts in space.

Quick history lesson if you need it, Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963. Part of the former Soviet Union’s space project. To date she is still the only woman in the world to have undertaken a solo space mission. She has orbited the earth 48 times.

Back down on earth, the collection we saw was a beautifully inspired collection full of spacey references. With sweeping gowns, and space suit inspired separates. The collection was an almost weightless, like antigravity and being under water all at the same time.

This was down to a heavenly mix of tulle and organza. This was a delicate and incredibly feminine collection.

180 The Strand, London UK. 15th February 2019. Bora Aksu shows his Autumn Winter 2019 designs at his catwalk show. ©Chris Yates

180 The Strand, London UK. 15th February 2019. Bora Aksu shows his Autumn Winter 2019 designs at his catwalk show. ©Chris Yates

180 The Strand, London UK. 15th February 2019. Bora Aksu shows his Autumn Winter 2019 designs at his catwalk show. ©Chris Yates

180 The Strand, London UK. 15th February 2019. Bora Aksu shows his Autumn Winter 2019 designs at his catwalk show. ©Chris Yates

180 The Strand, London UK. 15th February 2019. Bora Aksu shows his Autumn Winter 2019 designs at his catwalk show. ©Chris Yates

180 The Strand, London UK. 15th February 2019. Bora Aksu shows his Autumn Winter 2019 designs at his catwalk show. ©Chris Yates

180 The Strand, London UK. 15th February 2019. Bora Aksu shows his Autumn Winter 2019 designs at his catwalk show. ©Chris Yates

180 The Strand, London UK. 15th February 2019. Bora Aksu shows his Autumn Winter 2019 designs at his catwalk show. ©Chris Yates

We got structure from great boots, structured coats and layering. We loved the practical puffer jackets, that looked super cute with delicate ruffles. Layering was a key part of the show, transforming individual pieces into incredible ensembles.

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Tereshkova once said that “Once you’ve been in space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is.”

Aksu translated this into a sensual delight on the runway, using a beautiful pastel rainbow of colours. We loved the use of pastel metallics, paired with soft cream knitwear.

This collection was out of this world, and took us to the moon and back. Quite obviously Bora Aksu’s star will continue to rise.