Polka dots were the theme of the show this morning at David Koma, London Fashion Week. Big, small, fluffy, cut-out…all were there, making a well-rounded statement for autumn/winter 2011. Humour aside, Koma’s use of colour and shape marked the collection with a unique twist and differed from the monochrome collections of the past.
Avant-garde art, in particular the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was the inspiration behind the looks, partocularly the artist’s obessesion with repetition and pattern.
Opting for sleek, leather-clad silhouettes, Koma’s models strutted down the runway in prints, pom poms and eerie faces on dress fronts. Much of this may have left the audience divided; however the injection of colour in next season’s collection undeniably united the fashion crowd.
The highlights of the collection came in the form of the nude and black spot ensembles with leather detailing with embroidery and layered laser cut patterns in cashmere wool and soft Nappa leather to the same effect.
The vivid prints within the collection were the result of a collaboration with contemporary photographer, Oleg Dou, of which were obscured by white or multi-colour dots.
Reworking and redefining the pom pom may not be to all tastes but once again David Koma has proved his worth as a revolutionary designer of 2011.