Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
With every stitch,
clothing designer Radka Kubková, one of the most striking personalities
on the Czech fashion scene, communicates her distinctive style.
RADKA KUBKOVÁ builds her work on proficiency in demanding textile
techniques like sewed lace, making bobbin lace, embroidery, and
weaving, which she studied at the Training Institute of Artistic
Production. "This experience is reflected in a feeling for
material and a completely different view of the matter than classically
trained designers have," Kubková explains. Then, in the 1980s,
she drew on this multifaceted preparation while restoring historic
textiles in the State Restoration Studios. At that time she also
drew attention with her original collections of leather accessories,
handbags, gloves, and belts, which she presented at gatherings
of fashion designers at Bertramka in Prague. "The fashion
public was literally fashion-starved at that time, and there was
a scramble at similar events involving fashion collections," she
During the post-revolution decade, Kubková designed accessories for the new design
boutiques and supplemented collections like those of Timour et Group or E.daniely,
until she finally opened her own boutique DOK č. 5 on Týnská street. "To
work for clients, where design must merge with a person's practical needs, brings
me just as much satisfaction as creating artistically audacious works for shows," she
says. Kubková's restrained style enchants with the beauty of clean lines, singularly
soft harmony of materials, and creative detail. "I design things that are
simpler and timeless, but at the same time always enlivened with an unexpected
factor like interesting embroidery or a tailoring element," she explains.
She also enjoys using things based on current trends, like frayed, unrefined
borders. "But every design's secret of success is a perfect pattern based
on current tendencies and silhouettes, which are constantly developing," notes
Kubková. "I let myself be affected by the overall fashion atmosphere, which
I transform into my creative line," she adds.
As a part of the "2000+1 Seeking Lost Elegance" group project, which
freely followed up on the former Bertramka, Kubková designed clothes on the theme, "Imprints
of Prague Architecture" or "Études," inspired by Prague gardens.
She presents her seasonal collections at Prague's Fashion Week shows (at which
she won the Artist of the Season award in 2003), at the Brno Style show, and
at group exhibitions like Design Blok. "Show designs mostly present a certain
hyperbole, so when I take them as a basis for collections for shops I first set
aside overly extravagant designs and create things that are more informal items
for the less exotic pieces," states Kubková, who since last year has been
sharing a boutique with Hana Havelková at number 10 Dušní street.
Elegance in a metropolitan environment
can be conveyed with a combination of practicality and flair.
Linen bag with pockets, CZK 10,800, Herme`s, rose-tinted
glasses, CZK 6,050, Salvatore Ferragamo.
Light foot, firm hand: men's sports shoes, CZK 12,600,
Louis Vuitton, driving gloves, CZK 4,990, Dunhill.
School outing: handbag made of oilcloth, CZK 14,150,
women's leather tennis shoes, CZK 8,810, both from
Last rescue: jogging belt with water bottles, CZK 24,800,
Cashmere shawl, CZK 12,000, both Louis Vuitton.
Dior, Pařížská 4, Praha 1
Dunhill, Pařížská 14, Praha 1
Louis Vuitton, Pařížská 11 Praha 1
Salvatore Ferragamo, Pařížská 10, Praha 1
shop of the month
Something from Notting Hill: An absence of mid-price designer
brands on our market was discovered by entrepreneur Grainne
Lucey-Tomiczek, so she created the Kali boutique, inspired
by small, trendy shops on London's Notting Hill. The shop brings
a colorful jumble of fresh and very feminine trifles for creating
distinctive outfits from brands like Diane von Furstenberg,
Paul and Joe, Frost French, and Earl Jean.
Kali Boutique, Štupartská 9, Praha 1