London Fashion Week coincides with the anniversary of Death of Queen Elizabeth II Last year.
Georgian-born designer David Koma paid tribute to the late monarch during his spring 2024 show.
“The starting point was footage of Queen Elizabeth attending the Chelsea Flower Show. I (also) came across images of her as a young princess during the Second World War, while she was training as a mechanic and driver,” the designer declared in a preview.
Koma is synonymous with the contrast between soft and hard. This time, his bodycon dresses and sensual designs became delicately graceful with the rose motifs he embroidered, printed and pinned onto runway looks.
The roses were an allusion to the national flower of England, as well as a reference to the roses found in “The Girl on a Motorcycle”, starring Marianne Faithfull and Alain Delon, where their love scene is hidden by a bouquet of roses red.
“In the movie, she wears this leather jumpsuit, she’s reinvented as a biker and I liked the tagline of the movie, ‘naked under leather,'” Koma said.
Skin and sensuality are key elements of his business: the designer is a must-have name for actors and models on the red carpet and musicians on tour.
This summer, Koma created some looks for Beyoncé”Renaissance World Tour» and he used the song “Alien Superstar” for his big show at the Tate Modern.
Koma’s Queen Elizabeth look may not be modest enough for a monarch or Kate Middleton, but when it comes to pop culture queens, it hits the mark.