Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Désir du jour - Carl Kapp

Rachael Taylor in a beautiful Carl Kapp gown
Showing his first show at RAFW this May, Australian designer Carl Kapp has come a long way since he launched his first collection in 2006. Counting Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Rose Byrne as loyal followers, Kapp’s clever Lanvin-esque designs feature draping and details that make his garments come to life when worn. Working under Kenzo and Donna Karan before starting his own label, Kapp went on to win the 2008 Chambord Shine Awards, beating out other talented labels including Romance Was Born and Friedrich Gray.

What originally started as a Carl Kapp pop-up store in Paddington, Sydney has now become a permanent flagship store due to its success. It has even become a tourist attraction, with people regularly visiting to see the constantly changing window displays.

Not just a designer, Kapp is a smart businessman. Kapp offers his global clientele a bespoke and “e-tail” service. With just three basic measurements from a client, Kapp can whip up a custom-made piece for any occasion.

In his debut RAFW show, Kapp says we can expect bright details, jewel tones and soft gelati colours, some of the hues dyed especially for Kapp’s pieces.  Everything will be made of silk and feature Kapp’s signature attention to detail.

The Chameleon dress is one of Kapp’s trademark pieces. Available in short or maxi length, this unique dress can be worn over 9 different ways making the dress great value for money! Available for $1,000 on Kapp's online store, the dress can be made for you in any colour, with an option to have hand beaded panels attached for added glamour. As with all Kapp's pieces, you can submit any questions you may have about the garment to Kapp. It's these little details that makes Kapp not only a great designer, but a great businessman.

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