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LFW SS13 Interview: David Koma

David Koma placed the humble female tennis star at the forefront of his SS13 offerings and in turn, transformed her stereotypical satirical uniform of pleated skort and three-button polo into a super luxe, sports chic collection.

Patent leather-edged, boxy tees and vests rendered in peeping Tom organzas overhung contrasting skin-tight grass green, tangerine orange and electric blue jersey dresses – often sporting an appropriate and recognisable print – tennis net mesh. Skirts were floaty and pleated accordingly while cheekily chic cut-outs revealed subtle flashes of cleavage and midriff – elegantly one at a time. Layers also proved to be a favourite theme – an S/S first.

Ole’ Dave was hot property backstage but my mother always told me – patience is a virtue – and so I whiled out the wait to hear wag wan re: all things SS13.

Planet Notion: I promise not to keep you long! How d’you feel the show went? How are you feeling now it’s all over?
David Koma:
I haven’t had time to realise yet but I’ve heard people liked it. It makes me feel happy because so many months of work go into it and so many people spend hours and hours helping me realise it all so it feels like a beautiful relief.

PN: I take it you’re pleased with the finished product then?
Yeah, we worked really hard. It was challenging this season because we’ve experimented with the different textures and materials which don’t easily work with each other. For example: organza, jersey and leather. It was really hard but I’m pleased that all the input my team put in and all the hours came out together. What do you think?

PN: I think everyone’s efforts have paid off, you have yourself another cutting-edge designed collection.
Thank you!

PN: Who would you most like to see sporting a David Koma piece?
I never really dream of the celebrity. It’s incredible when beautiful and powerful women, who can have anything they want, wear my dresses. It’s a big honour for me. I like to see women who choose to wear David Koma – that’s the best.

PN: Evidently, tennis was the original muse for the collection, are you a keen tennis player yourself?
DK: Yeah, I started to play tennis when I was a kid in a casual way, I was never mad about it. Only a year ago, I became a regular at Wimbledon and I was lucky enough to meet some incredible tennis players and it all started from that.

PN: Last but not least, what’s next for David Koma?
DK: Next for David Koma hmm? Friends and family dinner and another one hundred things!

PN: That seems to be the consensus for many of the designers I’ve interviewed. Enjoy!

Words – Helen Turnbull
Photos – Laura Lewis


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