Dark Star: Karolina Lakowska and “Celestial Bodies”

Few design stars have been shining as bright as Karolina Laskowska recently and the UK-based talent continues her transcendence with this new collection. Dark, metallic, opulently textured laces in unique cuts make the styles in “Celestial Bodies” some of Laskowska’s most outstanding to date, affirming her status not just as ‘one to watch’, but a master of her art.

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‘Corvus’ and ‘Libra’ are the sort of original bra shapes that have earned Karolina Laskowska her reputation as an innovative lingerie designer.

Laskowska is something of a prodigy, developing a loyal customer base and garnering accolades from industry leaders, all before graduating from the esteemed De Montfort University for Contour Design (essentially, the Central St Martins of lingerie). In 2014 she was awarded ‘New Designer of The Year’ at the UK Lingerie Awards and is a firm personal favorite of the industry’s tastemakers.

As if that wasn’t enough, she is one of a small, original group of independent designers who’s work ignited the graphic, architectural, 30’s Eastern European-influenced black strappy styles that have dominated the lingerie market the past few years. Laskowska is leading design trends, influencing the major industry players and continually producing outstandingly beautiful and original lingerie.

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Not one to be stifled by her own signatures, Lakowska cements her standing as a style-maker with “Celestial Bodies.” Forging forward with enticing, elaborate designs, these pieces have us predicting ‘dark baroque’ as a forthcoming intimate apparel trend, for where Laskowska leads, others seem to follow.

‘Cassiopeia’, a sneak peek of which Laskowska posted on social media accounts a few months back, instantly evoked, for me, the images of Joan of Arc and the warrior queen Boadicea, resembling a sort of underwear armor with its scalloped edges, metal tone and torso-encasing shape, gold hardware and strappy back. This is lingerie for when one wants to feel powerful and unwaveringly beautiful, strong, but distinctly feminine.

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‘Cassiopeia’ evokes the image of Joan of Arc or warrior queen Boadicea, resembling a sort of underwear armor with its scalloped edges, metal tone and torso-encasing shape, gold hardware and strappy back.

Laskowska also excels at corsetry and the gold-splashed black silk ‘Klimt’ has an unusual appeal – this dash of artistic violence adds an edge of harsh, human passion while retaining the collection’s titular reference to glittering galaxies far away.

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The gold-splashed black silk ‘Klimt’ corset adds a dash of raw human passion to an otherwise structurally perfect piece and collection inspired by stars.

New bra styles, like ‘Corvus’ and ‘Libra’ will, we predict, be much imitated (like the previously copied ‘Daniela‘). ‘Andromeda’ is Karolina Laskowska’s take on a classic basque, quirked up just enough with the designer’s signature multi-strap garters. It is exactly the sort of timeless, yet daring, garment I would recommend an aspiring luxury lingerie queen acquire as a foundation for their arsenal. There is even a dash of lengthy metallic fringe in this collection for the intimate apparel addicts amongst us, not easily surprised and aching for some editorial edge.

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‘Andromeda’ is Karolina Laskowska’s take on a classic basque, quirked up just enough with the designer’s signature multi-strap garters. It is the sort of timeless, yet daring, garment I would recommend an aspiring luxury lingerie queen acquire.

It is impossible to find a piece in this collection that does not put most major labels to shame, in design, quality and overall vision. “Celestial Bodies” is the best Karolina Laskowska collection to date – an evolution of the designer’s skill, a step in a different direction (whilst still retaining the signatures existing customers love) and hardcore evidence that this one-woman powerhouse will continue to be one of the lingerie industries most influential creators for years to come.

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