Every week I receive exciting news from Topshop HQ…. Not content with the queen of the high street they are always looking to take on new and exciting design talent. NEWGEN recipient Central Saint Martins Graduate ( with Distinction no less) David Koma is the latest to be joining the Topshop Collective in February 2011. The Georgia-born designer, known for his sculptural, body conscious designs realised in luxe fabrics has produced a five-piece capsule collection for Topshop. Be sure to be quick of your mark and get hold of a piece as the collection has only thirty of each design available, making these items destined as future collectables.
Many of you may be aware of his work from the furore and debate sparked from Cheryls appearance in one of his more out there dresses on X factor. Soon after Beyonce snaked alluringly up to the award podium in another of his figure hugging numbers. . His collection for Topshop stays true to his original vision of heavy embellishment and powerful sexiness, and features five pieces in luxurious black or beige high stretch mesh and wool with cylindrical silver embellishments, echoing past mainline collections.
Taking inspiration from the metal sculptures of William Pye, the collection plays on David’s fascination with the contrast between tough metal and femininity. It evokes a feeling of contrast: strong and sculptured but at the same time feminine and sexual. A body con dress features a daringly low black, trimmed with silver tube embellishments (£350), whilst a sleeveless dress has a plunging neckline and a leather contrast trim around the bottom (£300). A halterneck dress features the same embellishment around the neckline and in two vertical lines that mimic the countours of a woman’s body, further accentuating the silhouette (£350). A mini skirt (£275) and a belt (£100) complete the collection and come in both black and camel.
David Koma comments: “Topshop signifies youth and modernity and its spirit evokes ‘cool London’. It was really exciting to work with the Topshop team as I felt they understood me as a designer and appreciated my need to make a high quality product without compromising the design aesthetic, quality of fabric or finishing. They helped make my vision a reality and I’m thrilled with the result.”
Rachael Proud, Senior Buyer for Topshop, comments: “David epitomises the directional but feminine look that appeals to our Topshop girl. It was important for the collection to stay true to the luxe element of his work, and to do this we needed to use premium fabrics and his signature shapes and metalwork. Fans of David’s work will not be disappointed.”