LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in Marie Claire South Africa September 2014

Panelled vest by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI


Behind the Scenes at LARA KLAWIKOWSKI Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2014

A few behind the scenes photographs by Simon Deiner / SDR photo at LARA KLAWIKOWSKI Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2014.

Thank you CTFC for supporting the show!


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2014

LARA KLAWIKOWSKI S/S 2014/15 collection WeAreWhatTheySee was inspired by the unusual beauty of warped frozen perspectives of flowers in ice-cubes, how each plane of an ice-cube is a unique view of the same object within.

I explored how different states of water change the perspectives and textures of objects. I was intrigued by these visual mutations, the beauty of hydration and dehydration, the effects of excess and depletion, and their juxtaposition, how the addition and subtraction of water can conceal, reveal and accentuate the details and lines in leaves and flowers, and how leaves and flowers have been used in traditional clothing.

I was fascinated by the way a 3-dimensional flower acquires a 2-d perspective inside an ice-cube, the same way we put people in boxes and flatten them into our 2-d perceptions. Regardless of what we are, what we wear, what we project, we are reduced to someone else’s opinion and have little control of their perception of us – WeAreWhatTheySee.

See the runway photos here

Thank you CTFC for supporting the show!


GET SPLASHED photoshoot

Skirt by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI

Dress by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI

PHOTOGRAPHER | Kassandra De Araujo
HAIR & MAKE-UP | Nicole Grant
MODEL & ARTIST/PAINTER | Ana Kuni
STYLIST | Anname Kleynscheldt


Terry Pheto wears LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in Style Africa May 2014

Dress by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI

Vest with woven panel by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI

Dress by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in Style Africa May 2014

Panelled gingham dress and layered checked coat by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in ELLE South Africa May 2014

Lace and mesh skirt by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI

Dress by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI featured in Cirque Magazine April 2014


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI at Design Indaba 2014… more runway photos


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI Autumn | Winter 2014 Collection at Design Indaba

See the runway photos of LARA KLAWIKOWSKI Autumn | Winter 2014 collection at Design Indaba here.


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI at DESIGN INDABA 2014

LARA KLAWIKOWSKI is an official exhibitor at Design Indaba 2014 and will be exhibiting her designs under the Cape Town Fashion Council’s umbrella stand. She is also one of the 20 fashion designers to be showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections in the fashion shows at the event.


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI dress in Marie Claire January 2014 Issue

White dress with pastel pink and white woven panel detail by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI featured in the ‘Age of Innocence’ photoshoot in the January 2014 issue of Marie Claire magazine.


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI featured in Glamour SA January 2014 issue

Sheer crop-top with woven detail and yellow sheer & solid stripe pencil skirt both by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI featured in Glamour Magazine’s January 2014 issue in the ‘Afrique Graphic’ lookbook shot in Cameroon.


BEAUTIFUL NOISE in association with ABSOLUT

Dress by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI featured in BEAUTIFUL NOISE capsule project.

PHOTOGRAPHER | Bevan Davis
MODEL | Kira from Moda
MAKE-UP & HAIR | Henry M

BEAUTIFUL NOISE is a collaborative installation with Capsule Projects aimed to amplify the ‘sound’ you hear when fashion, art and music collide; illuminating the new paradigm of urban street style documentation in a global environment where the fashion viewer is increasingly becoming the ‘viewed’.


BEAUTIFUL NOISE

LARA KLAWIKOWSKI dress backstage at Capsule Projects’ installation ‘Beautiful Noise’ in Cape Town.


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in the Sunday Times


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in November issue of ELLE South Africa

Skirt by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in August 2013 issue of ELLE Bulgaria


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in October 2013 issue of ELLE South Africa

Dress by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI

Skirt by LARA KLAWIKOWSKI


ONE TO WATCH | LARA KLAWIKOWSKI


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI in The Times


LARA KLAWIKOWSKI - Backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013

Fine art photographer Gregor Rohrig was backstage at LARA KLAWIKOWSKI at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013 and took these beautiful photos…


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013

LARA KLAWIKOWSKI showcased a collection of womenswear entitled ‘BlindSight’ at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013 last week, in the AFI Next Generation Show supported by the Cape Town Fashion Council.

BlindSight’

After visiting the Institute for the Blind and seeing the creative work they do, I became very aware of how dependent my career is on my sense of sight. I was intrigued by the idea of an imaginary state of blindness and what I would see in this state. I imagined seeing a canvas of pure white or pure black and shades in between, depending on the strength of the lighting in my environment.

I was inspired by how the visually impaired see a texture by feeling it; how a sharper contrast in texture gives a more vivid image in the mind’s eye. I have used traditional cane-weaving techniques as inspiration for delicate woven panels with subtle geometry and mind-consuming texture, and haphazard pleating/sculpting to enhance the contrast in 3-dimensionality and mimic how the visually impaired may encounter unexpected shapes and re-construct them.

As a conceptual designer I create fashion as art. The S/S 2013 collection is a move to make a more commercial and accessible range, whilst retaining artistic details of my couture designs.

See the runway photos of the collection here


A/W 2013 LOOKBOOK

PHOTOGRAPHY | Paul Cocks
HAIR & MAKE-UP | Toni Greenberg
MODEL | Cayla at 20 Management
STYLING | Lara Klawikowski

See a fashion animation of the collection here


LINDIWE SUTTLE WEARING LARA KLAWIKOWSKI

Lindiwe Suttle recently wore one of my designs while performing at the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts.