In designing his resort collection, London-based David Koma took inspiration from the movie “Basic Instinct.”
“It’s all about the spirit and energy of female empowerment,” Koma said. “The female form is most inspiring.”
Bloomingdale’s and The British Fashion Council celebrated the 10th anniversary of Koma’s collection, as well as the transformation of the store’s designer floor on level four, with a cocktail party there Wednesday. The new floor showcases about 20 designers it hadn’t before, including Prabal Gurung, Libertine, Jason Wu, Mary Katrantzou and Koma. Recently, Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear, which also wasn’t carried at Bloomingdale’s, appeared with a pop-up.
Koma’s body-conscious collection is oriented to evening and special occasion, sculptural silhouettes, innovative embroidery and has a modern, comfortable take on corsetry. “It’s for a woman who wants to be seen,” observed Denise Magid, Bloomingdale’s executive vice president and general merchandise manager for ready-to-wear and concessions, who wore a Koma jumpsuit with mirrored embellishment. “There’s a designer price point and a designer aesthetic but there’s also a sexy, contemporary appeal. It’s very much about event dressing. He’s established, has an audience and he’s right for the Bloomingdale’s customer.”
“This is a beautiful moment,” Koma said, referring to the anniversary celebration. “But we’re just warming up. Since graduating from Central Saint Martin, I’ve been working hard building my brand,” even while working as creative director at Thierry Mugler from 2013 to 2017, he added.