Kim Jones recently stepped into the spotlight when he debuted his first collection for Louis Vuitton at Men's Fashion Week in Paris. He replaced Paul Helbers as style director of the house's men's ready-to-wear division, leaving his previous position as creative director at Alfred Dunhill. The Central St. Martin's grad started quietly garnering a cult following back in the early aughts, when he produced a collection under his own name for eight consecutive seasons.
Since then he's remained pretty under-the-radar, designing for various labels including Uniqlo, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, Umbro and Topman, until his Louis Vuitton collection debuted to rave reviews. However, he has another project coming out that we are super excited about, especially because it includes womenswear and will probably be pretty affordable--a collaboration with hip Korean brand Bean Pole. Scott Sternberg recently designed a collection with the retailer that I was obsessed with and to my grave disappointment, it was only available in Korea.
Thanks to the clued in buyers at Opening Ceremony, this August, Jones' Bean Pole collection will at least be available in New York. Although Opening Ceremony has yet to release images, we scouted some from the April 2011 issue of Korean Vogue. Even though there are only six black and white images, I'm loving all of it, from the elephant-print shirts and matching backpacks, to that chic oversized blazer.
I'm also curious how they found so many models--both male and female--with Hitler youth haircuts. Take a look.
**Photos via Brrun