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INTERVIEW: KORLEKIE – Beatrice Newman

As promised, here is our interview with our fashion designer in residence Beatrice Newman aka KORLEKIE, who’s SS14 collection Ophelia is  now on show here at The Strand Gallery until 15th September.

Ophelia SS14 by Korlekie

Ophelia (SS14) by Korlekie

Tell us a little about yourself; where did your interest in fashion stem from?

It began at home ,  I was brought up in an African culture. It introduced me to a diversity of rich textiles and colour, which I then translated into unique modern clothing. My need to learn about fashion and different textiles also sparked a passion for knitwear and other types of hand-weaving techniques such macramé and crocheting. However, I believe my general love for fashion, as well as my flair in creating fabrics, has allowed for me to begin challenging preconceived notions in fashion.

What were the prominent inspirations when designing your collection Ophelia?

I am very much inspired by the regal heritage of monarchs such as the Tsars, and the gothic illustrious work of Edmund Dulac, Harry Clarke and Arthur Rackham, to name a few. The colour palette and other intricacies are always referenced in my work. Through the continuous development of my brand, I have noticed that much of my style in designs do stem from a broad catalogue of inspirations from C14th- C19th paintings and buildings.

What is the story and ideas behind Ophelia?

I am significantly inspired by Pre-Raphaelite art at the moment, in particular the painting ‘Ophelia’ by Millais. While it is a beautiful artwork, it has been a great way for my brand to realise colour in a gothic and romantic way. ‘Ophelia’, to me, represents the bittersweet of life- something of great influence to my designs and outlook. I try to find beauty in objects and notions people would not expect. ‘Ophelia’ is also a reflection of femininity; its fragility and power through seduction and beauty. Like a rose, it is delicate and bewitching but its thorns will make you bleed.

Ophelia (SS14) by Korlekie

Ophelia (SS14) by Korlekie

Ophelia by British artist Sir John Everett Millais, completed in 1851/1952

Ophelia by British artist Sir John Everett Millais, completed in 1852. The influence of the painting’s whimsical beauty is clear throughout Beatrice’s current collection.

How does this collection stand out from your previous others?

The SS14 collection is definitely a slight step away from the dark luxurious long knitted gowns that haunted the runway for AW13. It expresses another side of Korlekie that is softer, delicate and feminine. It stands out from the previous collection because it is more unique, yet ofcourse it is still part of the brand’s DNA. It simply signifies a change in direction in the way I am inspired and how I create.

You’ve had lots of success in your career, what has been your proudest moment?

I am grateful for the success but I believe the brand has still a way to go. I feel my success has been measured by goals. On my journey to achieving these goals, I’ve picked up “points/awards”, but ultimately the real success is still a way to go. I don’t really have a proudest moment, as I find  having the opportunity to wake up and design  is a proud moment to surpass all others.

What does the future hold for Korlekie?

As long as I have the grace to continue what I love doing, Korlekie will continue to strive, and hopefully one day conquer!

For more information about the show, contact info@kayflawless.com // 0207 205 2217

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COMING UP: Ophelia (SS14) by KORLEKIE

KORLEKIE presents SS14 Ophelia

KORLEKIE presents SS14 Ophelia

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.

For more information, please contact info@kayflawless.com  // 0207 205 2217

Written by Alexandra Hale