Talented Croatian designer Lana Puljic and her brand Lokomotiva has debuted during the the latest Milan Fashion Week.
Puljic presented her FW21 collection on the runway show at Emerging Talents Milan which was supported by many international fashion magazines like Elle, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Emerging Talents Milan, which revealed outstanding designers from all over the world, was held at Palazzo Visconti in Milan during Milan Fashion Week, with Fall/Winter 2021/2022 season collections presented.
Lokomotiva – FW21/22
For the new fall winter collection Lokomotiva stays on its tracks and suggests yet another bold collection consisting of timeless pieces for individuals with character. Inspiration for this collection designer finds partly within herself as all of the pieces that are carefully handmade are an honest vision and statement of the designer’s own personal aesthetics and intimate influences.
The collection is also influenced by designer’s nostalgia towards certain past times where a subtle magic of 70’s and 80’s flare channels through some pieces. 50’s silhouette also appears on occasion, where pieces get that charming easy feminine touch.
As often designer states – her brand and all of the collections are in a way modulated by superimposing diversities. Something rough, big in volume, strong, bold, symmetric and in clean lines is often in contrast to something light, subtle, asymmetric, gentle and feminine. It is a collection that easily dresses up bold and fearless individuals, but still does not lack femininity and ssophistication.
Throughout her work, Lana explores volume in all its forms, often focusing on researching it even in the smallest scale, for example in certain details or finishes. In this collection exploring continues as some of the pieces are overly exaggerated in volume (for example tulle dresses), some pieces got amplified in detail (shoulders, sleeves, belts…), but they are still perfectly balanced as a whole.
Garments are additionally enriched by adding pieces of handmade jewellery and small leather goods (belts and small leather bags) on top of them. The almost abstract jewellery for the clothing is all handmade in metal, precious stones, beads and pearls in the collaboration with a Croatian artist Maja Miletic. As an architect turned fashion designer Lana also pays a lot of attention towards tailoring as the perfect fit is of great importance for her and adds specific details to Lokomotiva’s bespoke suits.
Part of the colour palette is almost typical for autumnal season – black, dark blue, shades of brown, but is also in contrast to the freshness of ivory and pink shades. A touch of glamour is added with sequins and lame metallics which subtly appear every now and then throughout the collection. Some of the materials used in the collection are pure wool, wool gabardine, sequins, lame, cotton, satin, taffeta and organza. As in her previous collections, the designer continues to play with the technique of pleating adding a touch of luxury to the material finishes.
The collection is a diverse symphony of certain garments that could easily be evening wear, daily wear or business wear, depending on the styling we opt for, in contrast to glam and glitter of the lame and sequins or pomp of the 50m tulle dress. Mixing a bit of sportswear (bomber jackets, jeans) in the glam department gives the whole collection quite a fresh touch, whereas perfectly tailored suits and coats provide a fantastic, elegant and sophisticated everyday attire.
Through this collection Lokomotiva wants to bring optimism, happiness and belief that the good times are here to return. Collection provides us quintessential ‘uniforms’ for all of the specific occasions that lay in front of us embracing us in its strength, luxury and uniqueness.