Models wear designs from the Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2013 collection during London Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
LONDON - For the upcoming spring season, Turkish designer Bora Aksu looked back to a Romanian queen in the early 1900s for inspiration.
The result: A collection of ethereal, romantic gowns and dresses in dreamy shades of dove grey, cornflower, lavender and violet, worn by models adorned with childlike paper crowns.
Aksu, who is based in London, said Friday that he was inspired by the grace and charisma of Queen Victoria's granddaughter, Marie, who became the queen of Romania in 1922.
Silhouettes were soft focus and free flowing, with the exception of several cropped evening jackets and brocade pencil skirts.
Most pieces seemed to be composed of layers of the sheerest organza, adorned with abstracted, Art Deco style botanical prints.