K.Brat (London, UK)


The first time I saw images of K.Brat's AW11/12 collection, courtesy of the designer herself, I knew I was on to something special. I was immediately drawn to the sculptural pieces that seemed to exude both toughness and soft femininity. I knew I had to see and learn more, so I was delighted when I got the chance to view the collection in person during a recent press day.

My first glance at the K.Brat collection on the racks (left). Campaign shot (right, source: K.Brat).

Before I talk about the actual clothes though, I thought I'd share a bit about the designer, Keren Brat, who, as a London College of Fashion graduate, launched her label in 2008, having previously worked with London based designers such as Louis De-Gama and Aluma Klein. Interestingly enough, her first two collections, titled 'Cutting Through' and 'Boundaries', were primarily handbag collections ('Boundaries' also included a selection of corset leather belts). Entirely handmade in London with great attention to detail, the bags were an indicator of what a K.Brat women's wear line would look like. This first AW11/12 women's collection doesn't disappoint: Under the name 'Comes Within', the range focuses on contemporary leisure day and night pieces that combine a soft tailoring with strong construction. All materials are sourced within the UK, where the garments are also handmade by local artisans in accordance to the ethical responsibilities of the label.

Beautiful from the front and back: purple merino wool asymmetric dress with cut-out details (right images: K.Brat).

Classic with an edge: light grey wool velour coat with jersey inserts, panelling details, hidden zip fastening and side pockets.

Soft yet strong: light grey full-length leather dress with side frills, panelling details and an open back (lookbook images: K.Brat).

The collection features a variety that includes everything from leather jackets to loosely fitted silk tops. When I saw the line in person, I was instantly struck by two things: The beautiful construction complete with wonderful details such as frills on skirts or panelling on dresses, and the fact that every garment didn't just impress from the front, but had a unique (and often different) look from the back as well. When asked about her inspiration for 'Comes Within', Keren shared that she was fascinated by anthropology and that this collection in particular was inspired by traditional Samurai armors - with a modern twist of course. The mood and spirit of the collection stems from a photograph (of model Danielle Zinaich, shot by Lina Scheynius), which to Keren portrayed independence and empowerment, but also fragility, thus representing the woman she designs for: someone who is both strong and fragile at the same time.

A Little Black Dress with a twist: black merino wool sculpted dress with a cut-out back and side frills and flaps detailing (right images: K.Brat).

Purple Crepe de Chine silk top with roll sleeves and an open back.
Light grey leather shorts with a large front fold and a layered effect (right image: K.Brat).


More from the lookbook. The look on the far right as seen in the previous image. (source: K.Brat).

The contrast between soft and strong isn't just evident in the design, but the choice of materials. Leather - something usually associated with 'toughness' - seemed almost delicate, as seen on the layered grey shorts or the full-length leather dress. While all the garments are feminine and figure flattering, the architectural design and details also give an air of strength and power. And though I initially focused on the skirts and dresses, I had a hard time keeping my hands off the soft-tailored trousers with the large pockets (see image above). All in all, these are pieces that would speak to any woman, with the added bonus of being incredibly well-made.

Light grey merino wool sculpted open back dress with an exposed front zip and side frills and flaps detailing.

Single strap black merino wool dress, as seen in the lookbook collage above, grey merino wool dress and black merino wool pencil skirt with frills and flaps - both as seen in lookbook collage below.

If you are interested in learning more about the collections or would like to purchase some of the pieces, you can either contact Keren directly via the official K.Brat website or get in touch with her agent Anthony at AMF Sales. Bags and belts are still available as custom made orders (with your choice of color and material). In addition to the collection pieces, K.Brat also takes on commissions from private clients if you ever need that standout dress or accessory for a special event. Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled, because I'm certain that very soon we'll be seeing K.Brat in stores all across the world.

Another selection from the lookbook (source: K.Brat).

Blacks satin wool soft-tailored trousers with stitched darts detailing, large pockets and an inserted belt.
Dark grey satin wool soft-tailored trousers with angled pleats and twisted seams detailing.
Purple merino wool long sleeves top with panelling details and an exposed zip at back.
Light grey Satin Wool soft-tailored skirt with a large front fold, stitched darts details and an inserted belt.

A selection of bags and belts from the AW10/11 'Boundaries' collection. All bags are lined with silk embroidered material sourced from East Asia.

For more information, please visit the official K.Brat website.

Many thanks to Keren Brat for all the information provided and to HPR London for their help during the press days.

51 comments:

  1. I love a lot, especially the black dresses!

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  2. i like! i kinda like that some dresses won't be too flattering on those well endowed in the 'wrong' places; it'd take some guts to wear them.

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  3. Beautiful, unique construction!

    XOXO Lola:)

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  4. im dying over these looks... ohhhhh!!!!!

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  5. Oh that collection looks great! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. absolutely beautiful and fabulous! i love the black dress mostly. thanks for sharing this amazing designer.

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  7. so gorgeous!

    @lallic
    http://noventaedois.blogspot.com/

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  8. HW!
    Fantastic cuts and design!
    I'm impressed!

    :))))

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  9. Love shapes and colors. It remind me the Ioannis Dimitrousis work when he started! great post!:D

    xx

    have a nice weekend :D

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  10. Wow, I'm really liking all of these unique designs! Such detail and interesting elements.

    Thank you for your kind comment on my post about change in my life, you have certainly been an amazing friend through the adventures & I do wish we could have met for coffee on some lovely street in Rome. However like you said, for certain one day we will!

    Take care, and have a beautiful weekend. :)
    xo
    Rachel

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  11. That purple dress is exquisite!
    Gorgeous post, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  12. What an amazing collection!! Love!

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  13. I had no idea this line has only been around since 2008. It made it *big* in no time!!

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  14. Very fashion wearable ... My first thought was that it was very Anna Wintour.

    Great introduction to Ms. Brat.

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  15. Gorgeous pieces! I love that little black dress with the twist :)

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  16. i'm not familiar at all, so thanks for the intro. simple but with that some extra special.

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  17. I've been trying to comment on this post since Thursday, but somehow the big bad blogger bang got in the way... What did I want to say? There are some cool details on these designs!

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  18. I find a bare-back in a dress or blouse a detail of the most alluring sophistication. Wonderful post and a great collection. Hope you have a lovely week! Ada

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  19. Oh great! A new designer. I have never heard of her, but her creations look so promising. I have learned so much about new brands from your blog. Love the purple marino dress. I like the lines in her designs. Simple, sleek, chic. Will surely watch out for her.

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  20. I never heard of them before. Thanks for that and definitely will be checking out more closely.
    Now.. that purple dress got my attention
    Lee x

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  21. Hi there-what a stunning collection, I particularly love the 1st purple dress and the LBD, the cut and design of them are purely awesome, thanks so much for sharing, will look out for her in the future!!

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  22. What an amazing line! I happen to love that deep purple silk top with the gray leather shorts-so chic!

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  23. Wow these pieces are incredible!! I love the detailing and the scructure of every single silhouette!!

    p.s. I'm hosting a fabulous giveaway! :)

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  24. I really like her style. I'm going to have to check out her website now!

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  25. I love the purple dress!

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  26. How fantastic! They are pieces of art! :) xoxo

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  27. Beautiful sculptured pieces. Love the purple. Xxxx

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  28. WOW! Such beautiful pieces. I love the first black dress and the purses.

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  29. The bags are not the impressive and seem so unlike the clothes, which are stunning! That mix of soft, luxe materials and impeccable construction is very beautiful. I just wanted to reach out and touch those wool items!

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  30. I love the cutouts of these clothes! They are so unique yet wearable!

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  31. Hmm some very strong, interesting cuts there. Maybe not all my style, but some fab pieces there. The bags I might have to pass on.

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  32. Oh, wow! I absolutely loved this designer. My gosh, what an amazing pieces. The patterns are really unique.- Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    B* a la Moda

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  33. lovely lovely construction and detailing!
    the material looks fabulous as well

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    xoxo

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  34. That purple merino wool dress is beautiful, such a rich colour!
    I do love how structed and strong they are, which is not my usualy style.

    Gorgeous post as always :)
    xxx

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  35. I really love the aesthetics of these collections - they are unlike anything I have ever seen and remind me ever so slightly of the angular designs by McQueen. Gorgeous! :)

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  36. Amazing! I love these asymmetric shapes :) x

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  37. the back of that purple dress and the black dress is really hot! and yeah taipei is a fun place to visit huh, so much shopping etc. and makes me remember how lucky we are to live somewhere where welfare and health care is so easily accessable compare to taiwan

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  38. gorgeous and very unusual designs. I love that touch of luxury!

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  39. What a beautiful collection! What I love most about is that they're all wearable and yet so unique! The purple dress has my heart! xoxoxoo

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  40. Oh my gosh! This is beautiful, I'm in love with the sculptural details. Such an amazing designer, thanks for the introduction!
    christine
    http://un-stitched.com/

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  41. A beautiful collection, love the hip ruffle details and the sexy open backs.
    BTW I hope you had a fantastic birthday!!!

    xx
    MarielsCastle

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  42. Love the dresses! So interesting and fresh!

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  43. so beautiful
    i love well structured out pieces
    especially loving the purple dress!

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  44. that purple dress is amayzing :)
    kisses&take.care

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  45. Wow, interesting designs for the collection!! Love it - thanks for sharing. :)

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  46. Oooh she makes the most incredible necklines!

    p.s. Ahh of course Lanvin flats in Europe. Where and when do they go on sale though?!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  47. I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog in case you're interested!

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  48. What a wonderful collection of clothes and thanks for sharing.
    Interestingly enough, my daughter did work experience for Louis De-Gama when she was over in London.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  49. oh wow! these dresses are like sculptures... real art!
    xo

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  50. the leather pieces look so slick and delicious

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