Another London-based talent has been plucked to lead a French fashion brand.
David Koma has been appointed the new artistic director of Thierry Mugler.
Koma, who hails from Georgia and was educated in Russia and London, launched his label in 2009. I first started following him in 2011 at
The sleek and chic futuristic white dress, with a panel of iridescent pleating, was special all right -- and Koma has been getting quite a bit of exposure on the red carpet since then. On Thursday night,
Koma is a good choice for Mugler. His sculptural, body-con designs have that slightly sinister sex appeal for which Mugler was known. Koma also uses unusual embellishments to highlight a woman's curves, including see-through plastic portholes and colorful fur pompoms, which echo Mugler's own use of such oddities as car fins, nuts and bolts.
Koma follows longtime
Koma's appointment is part of a new global strategy at Thierry Mugler, which is owned by the Paris-based Groupe Clarins.
Mugler founded the fashion house in 1974, and gained fame in the 1980s for his futuristic, fetishistic designs and sculptural silhouettes. He created a series of fragrances with Clarins, including 1992's Angel, which continues to be one of today's top selling fragrances.
Mugler's ready-to-wear business sputtered in the the 1990s, and in 2003, Clarins closed it to focus on the fragrance range. The clothing line was revived for the first time in 2008 under a different designer. Mugler himself is not directly involved in the collection anymore, though he remains as a consultant.
Koma's first runway collection for the brand is to be shown in September 2014.