Who's behind it? Carl Kapp started his eponymous label in 2005 in Potts Point, a moneyed central suburb of Sydney, Australia. Before launching his label, South African-born Kapp worked for various international brands such as DKNY, Kenzo and Designroom. He was also in the running for the position of head menswear designer at Alexander McQueen, in London. The first Carl Kapp collection debuted for the autumn/winter 2006 season and he counts Aussie movie stars Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman among his many fans.
Why do we love it? Clean, fluid and rich in colour, Kapp woos us with his feminine, sultry yet tailored designs, which include pieces such as filmy shift dresses, figure-hugging cocktail pieces and Oscar-worthy gowns made out of chiffon and silk. Kapp pays particular attention to subtle details such as seams that curve into pockets then lead to belt loops and collars.
His winter 2008 collection was inspired by the mood of a deserted 1940s railway station and plays with shadow and light by focusing on silhouette and texture. It employs colours such as turquoise, emerald green and amethyst purple. Look for standouts such as the cobalt blue silk dress with a black ribbon around the waist (inset; HK$7,054) and the silk long gown with butterfly sleeves (right; HK$8,720).
Where can I buy it? Although Carl Kapp cannot be found on Hong Kong racks, it is available online from websites such as www.kjslaundry.com and www.mienboutique.com.au. See www.carlkapp.com for more information.