Fashion designer DAVID KOMA presented his Spring Summer 2022 Collection, that explores classic swimwear in a contemporary way, as part of the ongoing London Fashion Week. The collection was inspired by professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress, and writer Annette Kellerman, who popularized synchronized swimming, and was one of the first women to wear a one-piece swimsuit. Her legacy was immortalized with biographical 1952 musical Million Dollar Mermaid, Kellerman was portrayed by Esther Williams. The collection explores fusion of synchronized swimming with a showgirl sensibility. The looks are featured in colors such as pale yellow neon, fuchsia, bubblegum pink, and aqua.
“A series of tech lycra dresses are hybridised with swimwear with hints at wetsuits, while the plume trims of longer silhouettes mimic underwater movement. Transparent sequins create the illusion of garments recently submerged in water. The memory of swimwear appears in outlines and cut-outs on colour-blocked dresses, conjuring the detectible curves of swimming costumes. A one-leg leotard as worn by Florence Griffith Joyner – also known as Flo-Jo – the American world record-breaking sprinter. Evoking the aerodynamic sensibility of garments made for the aquatics, hard and sculpted geometric elements crystallised in embroideries adorn the décolletages and hems of dresses, and pay homage to the form language of Zaha Hadid. They draw a natural line to David Koma’s new handbag proposal: the DK London reimagined in neon jewel colours, with chain shoulder straps enveloped in matching cascading plume.” – from David Koma