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Last season Fashionlines fell in love with Bora Aksu’s reinvented Little Red Riding Hood, traveling through the forest in captivating asymmetrical chiffon dresses, distinct with sinuous hemlines. Bora’s ingenious use of autumnal colors like reserved grays, plums and browns with refreshing splashes of tangerine, lime and burgundy in the form of beautiful garbs merged with wood carvings had delighted and excited us. But this season Bora, a native of Turkey, seems to have lost his focus and magic touch.

Aksu’s excessive use crochet and dantele throughout the collection ended up looking like the gifted designer was out to create fashion accessories as opposed to complete ensembles. His deconstructed sweaters with slashed out panels were positively out of place and had little, if any, wearability potential.

Ultimately, Bora’s silk chiffon deconstructed patchwork dresses cast in romantic pastels were the best part of the collection. In the future, the Young Turk should focus on his strength, which is, creating inventive feminine clothes that accentuate womanly allure.

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