To coincide with September’s London Fashion Week, The Strand Gallery presents Ophelia by British designer Beatrice Newman aka KORLEKIE. Drawing inspiration from her Afro-European heritage, Korlekie’s style blends traditional craft techniques with contemporary elegance and glamour. Now, the Ophelia 2014 Spring/Summer collection will be showcasing her delicate craft with a bittersweet new direction that is sure to stand out.
The signature of Korlekie’s aesthetic showcases stunning methods of textile manipulation. With heavy embellishments and intricate handwork, Beatrice utilises traditional techniques such as crochet, layering and weaving to create a luxury collection. Being a London College of Fashion graduate in Digital Fashion, Beatrice looks towards the future of textile design, yet the beauty of the past remains key in her work. Showcasing strong influence from Pre-Raphaelite art and the visual history of regal monarchs, her work culminates into a new dimension of femininity through her signature ornate style.
Since the early days of the Korlekie label, success for the designer has been on a continuous rise. Newman’s designs have featured in editorial and online publications such as Vogue.com, Elle and Dazed Digital, to name a few. While her creations have graced the runway at London’s V&A Museum, other pieces have been worn by the likes of Paloma Faith and Ellie Goulding. Now with the upcoming Ophelia collection, Newman branches out further into the fashion stratosphere, developing creative flair.
Stay tuned for this week’s upcoming interview with Beatrice ‘Korlekie’ Newman, as she explains the interests and approaches that led to Ophelia.
Ophelia (SS14 Collection) by Korlekie will be open to the public at The Strand Gallery from 11th – 15th September.
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Written by Alexandra Hale