19 February 2010

LFW Show Report: David Koma

One of 2009’s real ‘Ones To Watch’ – David Koma, who counts Beyonce and Cheryl Cole as clients showed his collection at LFW today. . . But who would be there?

The front row was impressive – but in terms of the fashion stratosphere rather than the world of showbiz. Mrs Burstein of Browns (read her extraordinary story on p72 of this week’s Grazia), Hilary Alexander of the Telegraph and Grazia’s own Editor At Large, Melanie Rickey.

The show started with a serious of all black outfits – a bit of a departure from some of SS10’s wicky-wacky colour combinations and wet-look fabrics. Contrast came by way of texture – matt wool against supple black leather and right from the first outfit came the central theme –  zig-zags.

David had said he was inspired by graphic artists such as Fortunato Depero (who we must confess we don’t know) but we loved it! – jagged and modern, but done in a wearable rather than ker-ayzee way and as the outfits progressed through the presentation, the black turned to grey – still body conscious, still playing with texture, and more and more embellished party dresses came down the runway.

Twisty metallic coils brightened the black and grey dresses – either on hips, shoulders, or snaking across the body. No leap of the imagination was required to see stars like Rihanna or Shingai Shoniwa rockin’ these looks on a red carpet near you.

Lastly were the zig-zaggiest of all, black and camel pieces with the boldest use of the diagonal motifs. Think of a very, very sophisticated take on Chalie Brown’s graphic jumper.  Good Skills Mr Koma! We’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of this in 2010.


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