Kimhekim RTW Fall 2021

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South Korean designer Kiminte Kimhekim traces his interest in clothing to his grandmother, who taught him how to make traditional Korean garments. But his design approach is decidedly contemporary — verging on futuristic — often involving full makeovers of familiar classics into sexy, skin-baring styles.

The look: Youthful and sophisticated with a quirky edge, moving between sensual femininity and more assertive sexiness. For your self-assured, experimental urbanite.

Standout pieces: Outerwear was appealing, from soft trench coats and loose jean jackets to snug puffer coats with removable bottoms. Kimhekim offered a range of original yet business-like skirt and jacket ensembles, while his asymmetric, body-hugging suit jackets felt very dressy, with one side peeled off to bare a shoulder.

Kimhekim RTW Fall 2021

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Takeaway: Kimhekim’s playful spirit came through the screen, his nontraditional designs worked in mostly black or white. A drummer set the pace as the models spun around an empty room, wearing elongated trousers, long skirts paired with sweatshirts, and white shirts with exaggerated collars that stretched into long points. Sharp tailoring was deconstructed to show bare backs and midriffs, or to introduce asymmetry — redefining familiar styles into something futuristic. The label’s been presented on the Paris calendar for around three years, and continues to challenge preconceived notions about wardrobe stables. A suit jacket, you say? He’ll slice it in half and turn the bottom into a miniskirt — and leave it open in between. Office life, if it ever returns, could get awfully interesting.

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