David Koma must have been thrilled when Cheryl Cole generated miles of column inches for wearing one of his designs on the X Factor last year. Sadly, as we all know, the press weren't exactly complimentary about it. What was it likened to again? Hobcaps or something. (Beyonce wore one too, so it can't have been that bad.) But, as they say, there is no such thing as bad press and it is largely because of Chezzer's fashion faux-pas that Koma is as well known to the wider press and public as he is. Judging by his collections since, Koma may well have taken note of some of the comments made about that now infamous dress, as he hasn't revisited his metal-clad warrior woman in his past two shows. In fact, for S/S 2011 Koma has taken a decidedly more feminine approach with his designs. Citing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake as inspiration, Koma brought out deconstructed dresses in an array of spring-fresh flesh tones. Racer backs, transparent layers and cutaway fabric provided a fragility to dresses and pleated panels inserted into the front and back of skirts emphasised his soft side. But Koma couldn't stay this girly for long, and soon enough stark graphic monochrome prints and contrasting leather peplums added his trademark tough-girl touch. Predominantly a mini-dress show, Koma also gave us dresses with longer front and back strips, leaving the thigh exposed, but calves covered. This indecisiveness over dress length is fast turning into a trend for next season, with numerous designers this week offering a kind of two-in-one maxi/mini. But it's most likely to be the gold metallic snakeskin that stays in people's mind for next season and captures their imagination. We wait in eager anticipation to see how that will be received by the tabloids.
Citing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake as inspiration, Koma brought out deconstructed dresses in an array of spring-fresh flesh tones.