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Catwalk Review: David Koma Spring/Summer 2012

21/09/2011 17:18 | Updated 22 May 2015
Catwalk Review: David Koma Spring/Summer 2012David Koma Spring/Summer 2012. Photo:PA

WHO? David Koma

IN A NUTSHELL: Focusing on 'the body as a canvas', the collection was inspired by tribal body paint and the works of contemporary artist Kim Joon. So think sheer 'second skin' tattoo designs, set against zulu-warrior shredded leather skirts and body-conscious dresses - in a colour palette of black and white with pops of neon.

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: The opening set of white dresses demonstrated a slightly more commercial, wearable side to David Koma than we've seen in collections past - we'd happily rock any one of them come summer. The finale pieces - black, futuristic, hologram panels, structured perspex - were more textbook Koma: real works of art that you could imagine the likes of Beyonce or Kylie rocking on stage. (Both of whom, coincidentally, are already firm David Koma fans.)

F-ROW: Die-hard fashionistas, editors, press and buyers. It was a full house. (We were half hoping for a Cheryl Cole appearance, but were left disappointed.)

VERDICT: The closing show at London Fashion Week is never an easy slot to fill - weary, bleary-eyed fashionistas make for a tough audience - but David Koma brought the house down with his utterly seamless collection, met by resounding cheers and one of the loudest, longest rounds of applause we've witnessed in a while. A truly fitting end to London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012.

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