For Paula Knorr’s spring presentation, titled “All of Me,” the British Fashion Council NewGen recipient focused on her personal journey as a young designer.
Driven by the goal to create a powerful image of femininity, the London-based Knorr wanted her collection to reveal a personal and realistic idea of sexiness — with a focus on a women’s body.
“The whole background of my work is bringing back the focus on the wearer,” she said. “Especially in high fashion, that sometimes gets lost. In avant-garde, sometimes pieces are so massive they don’t look different from on the hanger to on the girl. So I always start every collection with just her and her body….I don’t want anything detracting from that.”
Knorr, who graduated earlier this year from the Royal College of Art, said she needed to stir up her creative design juices again. “When you graduate you lose a lot of support and everything’s not about you anymore,” she told WWD. “It is quite hard to get into the designing process again and so I tried to trigger myself by doing a lot of drawings and paintings to start my creative mind working again. All the prints you see are all self-portraits and I tried to integrate that into the philosophy of the brand.”
Her artwork — which consisted of paintings and sketches — was digitized and cast onto prints on turtlenecks and tailored pieces such as a trench-style coat and blazer.
The slouchy oversize trench was styled over a transparent mesh shirt with an acrylic self-portrait of Knorr and a pair of white trousers. The very wearable collection also included satin pants, leather tops, tulle blouses and metallic dresses in a bodycon silhouette in a palette of whites, silvers, reds and earth tones.