This London fashion week has been all about the young talent and top of our list is emerging star David Koma.
Originally from Georgia, the talented designer is just 24 years old but with celebrities including Cheryl Cole and Beyonce already choosing to wear his dresses he is fast making a name for himself.
When Cheryl appeared on The X-Factor wearing this number she really divided opinion- but since when was avant garde design meant to be mainstream?
Where Cheryl led, Beyonce followed and wore this Koma number, to the MTV awards no less. The designer himself told me just how thrilled he was for such a talented and inspiring woman to be wearing one of his dresses!
This celebrity attention has put a great deal of pressure on Koma’s humble shoulders; back stage he told a certain Hilary Alexander (who I spotted scribbling delightedly throughout his show) that ”It has been hard. But I’m just trying to do my best and concentrate on my work.” Hard work and concentration certainly seem to have paid off and he delivered a strong, charactersitically graphic show last Friday.
Inspired by graphic artists Fortunato Depero (the designer of the iconic Campari bottle) and Umberto Boccion, the collection had all the powerful graphic lines and shapes which we have come to expect from Koma in just three collections (and that’s including his graduate collection).
The A/W 2010-11 collection was all geometric and zig zag shapes on figure hugging panelled wool and leather dresses with cut-outs and trompe l’oeil effects in nude fabrics. Very Versace. Very 1990s. And yet also very futuristic. I especially loved the jackets and dresses dramatically embellished with rolls of heavy gold and silver metal zips, and the wearability of the two-tone grey zig zag design dress.
Credit: Christopher Pledger
P.S. He’s also a totally down to earth and great guy- giving back to the fashion community already as a judge for the FAD competition. Read my piece on Vogue.com about it here.