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The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Siki Im
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Monday, September 9
WHAT: “I asked my personal tattoo artist—Maxime Büchi—to create a custom print out of tattoos.”— Siki Im. The designer sent us a snap of his own tat—which is included in his Spring ’14 print—above.
The new, temporary retail space Ecco Domani-winning menswear designer Siki Im created with the architecture firm Leong Leong dispenses pretty quickly with the standard store-design playbook. The pop-up shop, created in the HL23 space in West Chelsea that previously hosted Waris’ tea room and Richard Chai’s “ice cave” store, requires customers to take their shoes off before entering and wade through a giant ramp made of insulating foam—Im compares it to marshmallow—to get to two small shopping sections on either side. “I wanted to create a nonlinear retail space,” he explained, “a space questioning the purpose and meaning of a commercial hierarchy of racks, clothes, cashier.”
Big talk for a Friday night opening party. But Im’s menswear has always been about challenging expectations. (On view here: jackets that dangle from backpacklike straps; a thick-gauge scarf that threatens to overwhelm its wearer.) He constructs clothes like an architect as much as a designer—a nod to his training in the medium. Working with Leong Leong on the space, he said, “felt like architecture school again.” But while there’s a strong intellectualized component to his designs and an austerity about his constructions and mostly black palette, it’s the feelings of his audience he’s hoping to engage. Certainly the crowd that gathered Friday evening for food-truck pizza and a spelunk through the labyrinthine space was intrigued. “Our concept store is supposed to be more personal, and in a way an exploration and experience,” he said by way of explanation. “We ask the customer to participate by taking off their shoes and searching. It’s hopefully quite emotional.” If asking fashion types to part with their shoes doesn’t stir emotions, what will?
The Siki Im concept space will be open through November 15 at 504 W. 24th St., NYC.
8:30 a.m. smack in the middle of fashion week is a rough call time, but the winners of this year’s Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards were bright-eyed for their victory lap at an ED-sponsored breakfast this morning. (The journalists assigned to cover them, maybe less so.) Former winner Derek Lam kept his remarks to the new class brief: “Get out there and meet everyone.” Winners Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, The Blonds, Salvor Project’s Ross Menuez, Siki Im, Prova’s Irini Arakas, and John Patrick, get thee to the schmooze.
First things first, of course: the shows this week, all of which got a boost from the cash award. “A big difference will be backstage, where, instead of six people running the whole thing, we’ll have a proper staff to make sure things run smoothly,” said Altuzarra. Gurung is making the transition from presentation to full-on runway shows and is “excited to shoot higher and push the line further, now more than ever,” he told us. And menswear designer Siki Im may have gotten an influx of funds, but his collection remains about just the opposite. “It’s a story I dreamed up of the boys from Lord of the Flies,” he explained, “growing up, securing a good job on Wall Street—you know, carte blanche, all that—and then suddenly losing it all.”