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.