My London Fashion Week Picks - Day 1

A fabulous treat was served to hungry fashionistas with the 'Nazar' collection - Bora Aksu's tribute to his childhood memories. With a range of blues, whites, yellow and fuchsia - the colours chosen to remember a youth in Turkey's Aegean coast, Bora Aksu's beloved Turkish textiles and Izmir crochets were incorporated into skirts, dresses, jackets and boleros with layers of silk tulles and chiffon added as panels. It was a delicious start to the morning that took place in the redesigned BFC Courtyard Show Space, and being papped in the front row was singer/actress Kate Nash. 20130913-230538.jpg Bora Aksu

The high was short lived due to a mini but mammoth downpour en route to Fashion Scout. We got totally soaked. Although recovery came pretty quick thanks to the discovery of two designers I had missed before 'glitter man' Yifang Wan whose front row celebs included the Shooshi girl band?

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And I discovered extremely wearable Korean-born designer Heohwan, mixing classic tailoring from the 50's with delicate florals and 80's street wear print.

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But it was Pearce Fionda that made me dream! As the glamorous siren's jewel cut gowns caught the light of the spotlights, I was not the only one that gasped. Although most of their collection paid homage to the often forgotten erogenous zone of the back, they also seemed to be reinventing the elegance of the evening trouser suit. Tailored jackets with emphasis on the waist were giving way to wide length trousers, accessorised with a specially designed high stiletto sandal in violet, black, white and chartreuse, by Manolo Blahnik.

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20130914-004300.jpg All images by Liv Bentley