German designer Paula Knorr knows how to make a dramatic statement with a silhouette. For her fall/winter collection, Knorr played with fluid shapes to create sculptural dresses that hug the body like a second skin and then flutter out dramatically at the hem and sleeve.
What’s the story behind your latest collection? “I played with the impact of intimacy and sensuality on female dressing. Most eveningwear ranges from extreme nudity to demure precision. I showed my vision of empowered and sensual dressing: dramatic shapes in luxurious fabrics that are easy to wear and comfortable.” What inspired the silhouettes? “I had this idea of a wet body stepping into a sheet of fabric and the fabric clinging to the body and draping across. My designs are about the woman. Her movement should be the centre of attention.” As a new label, how do you stand out? “Fashion as a reaction to the political and social climate is always relevant. I think nowadays fashion has to make a political or social statement to feel new.”