Top3Tuesday: Kat van Duinen

Kat van Duinen

After relocating to Cape Town from Europe, Polish designer Kat van Duinen’s passion for effortless elegance saw the birth of her eponymous label in Cape Town in 2010, which has since grown to become an iconic fusion of her European heritage and love for the richness of South Africa – a place she now calls home. What began solely as a luxury leather brand quickly grew into a fashion house that evolved to offer ready-to-wear garment collections as well as couture to private clients.

In this Top3Tuesday, Kat touches on a few things that currently excite and inspire her.

3. The Old-World Romance of Casa Labia

via casalabia.co.za
via casalabia.co.za

The grand architecture, opulent interior and old-world romance of Casa Labia. This beautiful restaurant and gallery in Cape Town’s seaside town of Muizenberg, is currently inspiring my upcoming evening-wear collection. From the crystal chandeliers and gilded furniture to the charming gardens, it evokes a bygone era of classic elegance, luxurious excess and regal sophistication

2. The Energising Creativity of BLOMBOY

© Kat van Duinen x BLOMBOY
© Kat van Duinen x BLOMBOY

I recently collaborated with South African floral artist BLOMBOY, and I am still blown away by his incredible eye for detail and creativity. His authentic approach to design, and passion for all things South African really resonates with me and he has a level of talent that is rarely found. On top of all of that, he is an absolute dream to work with and someone that has become a dear friend. Our collaboration, ‘Naturalis’, celebrates nature: the enchanting textures of exotic leather mixed with the unique beauty of South Africa’s blooms. It really is a visual feast of all things luxurious and beautiful!

1. The Inspiring, Serene Work of Kelly John Gough

© Kelly John Gough
© Kelly John Gough

Visual artist Kelly John Gough’s latest body of work, ‘Still Life’, which will form the basis of his next solo project and exhibition, is unbelievably inspiring and powerful. Kelly is focusing on the serenity and peace of death and stillness of beings – an unusual take on a normally macabre subject. The effect is a celebration of life and its beauty through the capturing of moments of death. The emphasis is always on the magnificence and beauty of this: the fragility of life and the intricacies of bodies and nature. I’m so excited to see the full body of work completed and exhibited in the future.