|[ image by Michael Faye source: NYTblog ]|
Today whilst browsing the fashionable web, I discovered a new designer. By that, I mean my discovery was new not the designer himself. His name is Kevork Kiledjian, he's a a French Armenian designer who moved to New York. I was very interested on reading more about him, so I found this article from The New York Times blog.
|Kevork Kiledjian Resort 2012 Fashion Show via Vogue Paris|
Kevork Kiledjian, the Paris-born designer who founded the Guilty Brotherhood line, recently moved to New York to start a new namesake women’s wear label from his Crosby Street atelier. The obvious question, especially if you are a booster of French fashion, is why leave the putative fashion capital of the world for New York? “How many new designers can you name that have come from Paris in the past five years?” asked Kiledjian when I caught up with him as he was putting the finishing touches on his debut collection, which will be shown on Monday at 6 p.m. at Milk Studios.
According to Kiledjian, 38, Paris’s dominance in the fashion world is largely upheld by the august couture houses that originally established the city’s reputation as a design capital, leaving little room for new designers. “In New York, young people are encouraged to express themselves,” Kiledjian said. “There is an audience who wants to listen. In Paris, people are afraid to take risks and there is an obsessive need to preserve the past.” (Kiledjian’s past is also heavy on fashion tradition, with his dad having worked in the Lanvin design studio in the 1940s.)
The first collection — “a harmony of opposites, such as mixing leather and lace, and playing with lengths” — comprises suits, dresses, skirts, fur and knits. Whether it fares as well as Guilty Brotherhood, which is sold in high-end stores like Harvey Nichols and Galeries Lafayette, remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure: Kiledjian is in no hurry to offer his inspirations other than to say that his debut was in part a nod to the Art Deco Tamara Lempicka. “In the end, the purpose of doing a collection,” he says, “is not to explain it, but to show it and let it speak for itself" --- The New York Times blog
Check out his Resort 2012 collection, images via Vogue Paris