Fashion Inspired by Sea Creatures
August 1, 2014
Well-known Polish fashion designer Izabela Łapińska recently unveiled a new collection entitled Underwater World at the 18th-century Old Orangery building in Warsaw’s Royal Łazienki Park.
Łapińska, a favorite designer with Polish celebrities, has created 24 outfits for the coming autumn/winter season, all inspired by the distinctive colors and shape of the seahorse. Rather than conforming to popular, but short-lived trends, Łapińska aims to promote a timeless, feminine style. Her clothes are sought-after for their unique look, premium fabrics, masterful tailoring and attention to detail. Łapińska frequently takes inspiration from traditional crafts, such as embroidery.
In 2009, Łapińska became the first Polish fashion designer to show her own collection during Paris Fashion Week. Staged at the famous Le Meurice hotel in Paris, her “Mon Petit Escargot” show won over French fashion fans. Łapińska is also the first Polish fashion designer to have worked with the John Lobb brand owned by Hermes, one of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world.
The clothes shown in Warsaw come in different shades of green, gray, light blue and pink. They are made of delicate silk, “organic” leather and the French lace that has become Łapińska’s trademark.
The new collection took a year to make, as the silver and gold jewelry that comes with it was all handmade. The result is a range of beautiful ornaments with depictions of seahorses on buttons, bracelets, clasps and zippers.
Models who showed off Łapińska’s clothes during the fashion show included Kamila Szczawińska, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion world, including Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Gucci.