David Koma SS24 – London Fashion Week
The Georgian-born designer invokes royalty, roses and racing for LFW. By Magdalen Manning
Inspired by a young Elizabeth II, the David Koma SS24 collection at London Fashion Week indulged in a stark contrast of racing attire and romanticism. Influenced by the former princess’ innate love for motorbikes and her renowned elegance, delicate silhouettes reflected Koma’s love of glamour and intricate detailing. His artistic flourishes came via a blend of embellishments and prints to underline the celebration of the English rose in bloom on the catwalk.
An array of acidic greens and translucent lilacs informed the colour palette, translating Queen Elizabeth’s signature looks. Recurring themes of ruffling and falling petals evoked a palpable sense of versatile femininity, with interwoven pattern detailing present throughout the story. Embodying the idea of “tattoos on the skin,” subverted hand-drawn rose variations captured the multifaceted nature of the designer’s new muse.
Three-dimensional colour-blocked garments arrived with the “one has to be seen to be believed” philosophy of the late Queen, while symmetry and all-round co-ordination found their homes in biker twinsets decorated with crystalised rosettes. Thigh-high boots adorned with biker pads harkened back to Marianne Faithfull’s 1968 film The Girl on a Motorcycle, another influence for Koma’s collection.
Worn with bright court heels to portray an air of Royal refinement, sheer tulle fabrics paired with printed satin defined idyllic imagery. Playful combinations of opulent yet ethereal ruffled asymmetric hems and biker-chic bomber jackets with bold floral graphic prints elevated the overall sense of modern glamour and offered new and exciting textures to enjoy.
David Koma SS24 also sees the introduction of the first handbag range to the repertoire. Referring to the Queen’s preferred bag choices and rendered in a series of vivid metallic colours in four shapes, the new styles re- appropriate the classic flap structure and comes stamped for approval with large metal ‘DK’ logos.
This season, Koma presented us with a beautiful and contemporary dialogue between the ever-changing identity of the modern women and the yesteryear luxury of one of the world’s most fabled monarch.
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