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LFW: David Koma – Interview

Those practically-a-second-skin body-con dresses of David Koma’s are slinking their way down the catwalks once again. And this season they’ve gone tribal. Fringing and a blindingly bright palette give a very fresh and breezy feel, but leather, mesh and netting add a harder element to the overall effect as he tells Notion here.

Planet Notion: Where did the tribal print stem from?

David Koma: It came from Polyeurasian patterns worn by their tribes. We did a lot of research into the body art and markings. The mesh and netting inspirations came from contemporary artist, Kim Joon and from that we wanted to recreate the transparency over block colours.

PN: Loved the use of the leather tassels worn over dresses, tell me about that.

DK: During our research we came across the Hawaiian grass skirt, but I wanted to toughen it up in leather, so we went to Africa to source the leather.

PN: And can you tell me about the Perspex embellishments?

DK: The embellishments came from the idea of pearls, we wanted to create an indigenous pearl effect which was engineered into the garment. We designed them on computers to get the structure within the pattern, and then they were sewn on one by one, creating the movement.

PN: What about the colours you went for?

DK: We wanted to use very bright colours, but in a more gentle way. The yellow is very near to neon but it’s not neon, which when layered with white gives it a very special feminine tone to the brights. It’s an injection of colour through the skin giving it a completely different feel to the mood and the garment.


-Louisa Lau

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