This season, sculptural womenswear designer David Koma spawned an otherworldly species of woman. Fabricating a tribe of avatars clad in intricately constructed, clean and conceptual garments, an army of unusual, ethereal looking girls descended upon Topshop’s show space. Weaving and intriguing audiences, models drifted down the runway to a non-distinctive, repetitive soundtrack. Focus fell entirely upon combinations of devour prints, tribal clothing and tailored silhouettes which were prominent throughout the collection.
Inspired by Korean artist Kim Joon’s work, using the body as a canvas for creativity, Koma worked with light fabrics poured fluidly over the body, creating a delicate second skin that simultaneously concealed and revealed each model’s modesty. A pure white palette opened the show, becoming diluted with flashes of tropical lemon, fuchsia and turquoise before midnight black closing looks. Decorated sparingly with futuristic, perspex accessorises by Sarah Angold and Alain Quilici footwear, tribal met sci-fi for this phantasmagorical collection of creativity. Perceptive, tribal, unique and considered, David Koma designs for brave, forward thinking women.
Text: Milly McMahon
Photography: Mitchell Sams