Fashion designer Carl Kapp talks obsession, Eric Bana, and fresh Italian tomatoes
Carl Kapp’s sartorial conversation is one of fluid femininity. With streamlined tailoring, luxurious fabrics and unexpected twists, Carl Kapp has now become synonymous with a pared back aesthetic.
Born in South Africa, Kapp learnt his craft as a fashion designer at the Natal Technikon School in Durban. Graduating in 1990, he soon after moved to Sydney, where he became Head Designer for Trent Nathan in 1994. After having tenured at international luxury powerhouses Hermès, Kenzo and DKNY in New York, he launched Carl in 2006, which later became Carl Kapp in 2010.
Kapp is obsessive about fabric. Sourced from Italy, France and Switzerland, the fabrics for his designs are hand-woven to couture standard and to his unique specification of colour and design.
The Autumn/Winter 2017 collection sees Carl Kapp continue to bring a light hand to winter dressing, with structured, yet airy, pieces transporting the wearer to an African-inspired destination. Our pick of the season? The Gold River Dress is a classic LBD with a sculptural, glamorous twist, with lacquered strips of bronzed gold floating on an elegant silhouette.
The short seven: Q&A with Carl Kapp
Three words that best describe you?
Obsessive, passionate, temperamental.
What do you love about designing?
Choosing fabric, then turning an idea into 2D (pattern) then 3D (garment).
Where do you get your ideas from?
Amazing innovative fabric. Very often by looking at ugly things in daily life.
If your AW17 collection was a place, where would it be?
They say it’s what’s inside that counts…
But it's the outside that everyone notices first.
If you had to cook one thing for the rest of the year, what would it be?
Anything with fresh Italian tomatoes.
If we were to film a biopic of your life, who would play you?