Sep 10 2013
Last Wednesday, KYE unveiled their SS14 collection at the Highline Room of the Standard Hotel. The collection is a follow up to designer, Kathleen Kye’s narratives for SS13 and FW13. While SS13 captured post-school violence and FW13 represented unemployment and homelessness, SS14 is about healing, and Kye chose a slightly humorous way to display that. When designers capture psychological trauma and mental health, they venture the artistic route creating a mood with the entire package – music, casting, and location. KYE does the opposite, opting for a literal, slightly lighthearted and ironic approach that consists of bandages and adhesive strips used for patterns and designs as well as the occasional skull patterns.
Kye was inspired by the youth that change their physical appearance through plastic surgery to mask their inner pain, bandage their wounds, and stitch their internal scars. The collection is moody though it’s bright which is a credit to Kye’s genius. The models became more playful as the presentation went on too which added to the theme of the collection. They looked happy on stage like young adults that become ecstatic over a new outfit or nose job. They’re “happy” now but will they be happy in the long-term?
Nonetheless, the remarkable collection makes us very excited for fashion coming out of Korea.
Click a photo below to start the slideshow (all photography by Will Foster).