It’s probably time to take Karolina Laskowska off our list of emerging lingerie designers. She has emerged.
The independent UK designer had a ridiculous year in 2014: graduating from De Montfort University’s prestigious Contour Fashion program (where her grad collection was chosen for the season-ending catwalk show); moving into her first proper studio; and capping the year by being named Britain’s Best New Designer at the annual UK Lingerie Awards.
And 2015 looks just as promising, with the release of an ambitious new collection called ‘Girls That Glitter Love The Dark’ and a stylish photo lookbook to promote it.
The GTGLTD collection is bursting with both ideas and influences, straddling a fine line between classic romance and edgy modern eroticism — a 50 Shades line with heart.
Like many young designers, Karolina is fascinated by shapes, contours and lines and how to use them to create visual impact, so you’ll find some unexpected intersections and clever NSFW peekaboo openings here.
At the same time, she indulges her fondness for contrasting textiles throughout: from upcycled Japanese kimono silk prints to gold- and silver-threaded Chantilly lace to trendy elastane straps and sheer mesh.
The new collection includes several new looks, some reworked versions of earlier designs and a small bridal assortment for the more fashion-forward bride.
Karolina is one of the most precocious and ambitious young lingerie designers to enter the business in the past few years. She launched her eponymous label while midway through her graduate program, and raised money through crowdfunding when production demand overwhelmed her. She’s been on the radar of every lingerie aficionado ever since, and a new crop of emerging designer talent now looks to her as an example of what’s possible.
GTGLTD will cement Karolina’s growing reputation (KL was named best brand at last week’s Lingerie Edit industry showcase in London) and will be widely seen and gushed over when it reaches the marketplace this spring.
Until then, it’s also worth checking out her current 2014/15 range, called Knickerbocker Glory. It’s highlighted by the colorful, upcycled lingerie pieces fashioned from silk kimonos, one of the most creative ideas of the season.
Below are some more images from the lavish Girls That Glitter Love The Dark lookbook, shot by Jeff Tuliniemi with models Maxine Anastasia and Gestalta.