Kofta — the kiev-based label of designer konstantin kofta — combines seemingly contradictory elements outside the traditional canons of the fashion industry, with garments and wearable accessories that evoke sensuality and surrealism while maintaining practicality. skin, bones, hands and feet are a few of the human-sourced elements which define a series of backpacks, shoes and handbags, each unexpected in its anatomical accuracy and realism. the designer’s ‘hug’, ‘born’ and ‘roots’ collections thread a common theme around these corporeal motifs, linking visuals of praying and perched hands, skeletal segments and toes together in a series of couture items.
the bones of a spine define the length of the leather backpack
On the ‘hug’ collection: from birth, we try to stand up and take our first steps. we yearn to touch and be touched and to feel sensations for the first time. we can perceive objects with an unclogged consciousness. pure perception without comparison . we know nothing other than that which we can see and feel… spirit does not have form, but some forms can have spirit, vibration does not have a color but color can have vibration, mood does not have a texture, but textures can have a mood. in this collection we focus for the first time more on feelings than just on physical forms and we have created forms, colors and textures according to these sensations.
the anatomical motifs are revealed through the use of material
On the ‘roots’ collection: when you are overfilled with information, emotions and words so you might need quietness, clarity of thoughts and space for fitting it all in your further ambient perception. you are able to feel deeply this veritable perception just with poring over the core, the origins of the story, going back to the roots, to one’s eternal sense. is about revealing the answers without even thinking, just contemplating around with a great silence…to feel the truth and verity of origin indeed. verity is the information which lies inside you from the beginning and always stays there. it is exactly what brings you back to the life.
the backpack resembles human skin
On the ‘born’ collection: imagine water as the solemn foundation of our existence in our world ever so in turmoil. touched by perennial elements, our water dries up and consequently deforms and destroys the ground, leaving behind patches of eradicated and polyhedral soil. yet, with the death of one surface, others are born, allowing water to give meaning and energy to our continuous lifecycle. it is in this infinity of life, where kofta finds it inspiration for this ss13 collection. inspired by the existence of natural phenomena and natural transitions, all garments were carefully crafted in the hidden ukrainian design studio, enveloped by the pure serenity of time. henceforth, a clear reference is suggested to the erection of the human spine, which evolved as a natural reaction to the raging elements, to strengthen us and develop us into independent, spiritual and conscious beings.
leather shows are meant to closely resemble the human feet
a face stretches out from the surface of the fabric
a black backpack almost appears to be an extension of the body
hands placed on the shoulder straps of a bag seem to be holding the arms of the wearer
a leather hand placed on the shoulder strap
the impression of human hands in prayer position are extruded from the clutch
two hands are extruded from the surface of the leather bag
all images courtesy of konstantin kofta\