Set in London’s ME Hotel on the Strand, Kolchagov Barba’s SS19 collection takes inspiration from the fragility of life and our surroundings. Bold metallics in shocking hues are juxtaposed with delicate lace and luxurious silks, representing the fine line between strength and softness in the everyday.
Founded in 2013, the brand began as a collaboration between Bulgarian designer Svetoslav Kolchagov and Italian entrepreneur Emilio Barba. ‘Fragile’ shows beautifully crafted demi-couture evening wear that combines the soft with the strong, where fragility and strength intersect.
TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Vick Hope strutted down the catwalk for the brand this season in a floor length metallic gown of rightest gold, one-shouldered and slit to the thigh.
Kolchagov Barba’s latest collection for SS19 can only be described as stunning, from floor-sweeping sheer ballgowns embroidered with the most delicate of leaves to cover the strongest trees, to flowing figure-skimming frocks in shimmering metallic gold, pewter, and silvery lilac; iridescent statement suite, glorious acid-yellow fringing, silk snakeskin Cinderella ballgowns, and a tongue-in-cheek naked tulle frock bound with ribbon to mimic packing tape for ‘Fragile’ items.
Words: LUCIE DHOG | WRITER
Photography: DOMINIC FARLAM | PHOTOGRAPHER
Location: ME Hotel, Strand