One To Watch
WHO? Tamerlane’s Daughters, designed by Karina
Duebner, 30 (seen left with model).
WHAT? Elegant skirts, dresses and jackets in antique,
tribal fabrics sourced from bazaars in Kazakhstan.
HOW? Half German/half Kazakh, Duebner grew up in
East Germany where hip clothes were hard to buy. ‘If you
wanted something fashionable, you had to make it,’ she says.
An investment banker in New York and Moscow, Duebner designed
in her spare time and began making clothes full time after being
inundated with private commissions.
INSPIRED BY? Central Asia. ‘I used to spend
my childhood summers with my grandparents in Kazakhstan and was
inspired by the arts, crafts and rich, earthy colours of the area.’
DESIGNER INSPIRATION? ‘Alberta Feretti and
Oscar de la Renta for their well-executed feminine clothes and
John Galliano for his flamboyancy.’
WHY BUY? Her clothes are different thanks to the
fusion of antique fabrics with modern designs, they’re one-offs
and have ‘collector’ stamped all over them.