Last week we were invited by H. Lorenzo to host London-based designer David Koma’s AW13 trunk show at their iconic West Hollywood boutique. It’s a very personal collection for Koma, who explained that his bold, 1960’s-inspired silhouettes and eccentric choice of fabrics are directly inspired by memories from his upbringing: “My parents used to collect records and I was always fascinated by how old school they look, while at the same time they are very modern and futuristic.”
“We experimented a lot with fabrication and texture within the garments; wool crepes and silks mixed with laser cut patent leather and fluffed organza,” he added. A student of anatomy, Koma loves to accentuate the beauty of the female body. Bold and inventive, his designs are perfectly tailored for a woman who is mature, strong and happy in her life: “the positive vibe of a strong woman really inspires me.”
David Koma started sketching a 8 years old and created a first collection composed of three coats when he was only 13. He later went on to obtain his BA and MA from Central Saint Martins and since then, he has never stopped working. “To be honest with you, my aesthetics didn’t change that much. I still love the same type of woman and the same fits that I used to love when I was a kid. It’s weird but it’s true.”
Photos by Kimberly Genevieve.