So a few weeks back my friend Immi won some tickets to go to a show at London Fashion Week and kindly invited me along! We had Vodafone VIP tickets and so got to cut the queue (which I actually felt quite guilty about) and we were treated to a glass of champagne before the show. The show we were invited to see was David Koma's collection and it was spectacular.
26 year old David Koma gained sponsorship from the British Fashion Council New Gen initiative for his Spring/Summer 2011 collection which moved him from simple exhibition space to a fully scheduled catwalk show at London Fashion Week. He graduated from Central Saint Martin's in 2009 with his graduate collection showing his talent for creating sculptural inspired pieces, meshing together the looks with metal work. His collection won him the Harrods Design Award and he went on in the same year to win the Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Merit Award.
Koma's signature sculptured silhouettes were present in this collection, with strengthened circular details highlighting his pieces. A decorative circular embossing on the leather-like fabric was a recurring detail seen throughout the collection and he combined the use of sheer fabrics under thick opaque's to give a hint of the naked skin underneath. The colours of the collection revolved around the blackest of blacks that dominated over everything else, but thrown in were smokey greys and creams to break up the darkness and pops of red and cornflower blue were sent out on the catwalk to add some contrast. The darker haired models were often used for the lighter coloured outfits, whereas the blonde's were used for the darker pieces - Koma's use of contrast can be seen in everything he sent out, including the models.
The brief smile and wave of Koma was seen at end as he thanked the audience modestly for appreciating his collection and then he was gone. Before this evening, I hadn't heard much of David Koma but will definitely be keeping an eye on this young Georgian designer. It was possibly one of the most exciting shows I think I could have had the chance to attend.
Photos from theupcoming.com