Kathleen Kye--the London and Seoul-based Concept Korea cohort presenting solo in New York for the first time this season--does not shy away from abrasive inspiration.
“It’s a quite unconventional theme,” she said with a grin, as she gestured at loose hung metallic gold sweat suits, sheer-encased crop tops and band-aid (yes, band-aid) print covered shirt-dresses on view at the Standard’s High Line Tuesday afternoon.
“A big issue in Korea with people my age is this medical problem--they’re all pained youth and they’re trying to fix their exterior with plastic surgery,” explained Kye, “so I wanted to make a statement about this stuff.”
And make a statement she did, in high-shine metal-foiled jersey separates, high side-slit athletic leaning skirts (“the slashes resemble those made with a knife”), and mid-calf length color block shorts for men that feel very street (if not a bit Jeremy Scott). The show notes said the collection was a combination of “post-school violence fashion” and “post-unemployed/homeless youth mode”--it’s an aggressive, irreverent, punk-veering vibe. Perfect for the VFiles set, or anyone looking to make a fun--and still socially resonant--downtown statement.