January 19, 2011 Paris
Kimmel has done that before with his male muses, but this time there's something of a hairy paradox in play. If the impact of the whole shaggy-dog experience lingers in the designer's logo—now all fuzzed up, Sasquatch-style—his clothes have responded by becoming more sophisticated than ever before. Sure, there are hunting and motorcycle references (bike leathers abstracted in waterproof canvas not unlike what Dries did today). But if you studied the living diorama—i.e., real men in a fake forest setting—that Kimmel staged, what came across was a new level of technical accomplishment, especially with reversible items like the soft linen blazer that flipped to a nylon rain slicker, or the olive green peacoat that turned to quilted moleskin. For the first time, Kimmel has worked with his artist/conspirator on actual pieces. There's an eagle scarf, a forest knit, and—merciful heavens—a Sasquatch tee.