It is always exciting to witness a designer’s debut. And on February 7th, at 242 West 22nd Street in New York City, KEH unveiled its inaugural collection to the fashion set.
Inspired by photographer Nick Knight’s series of roses, Wei Ge, designer and co-founder of KEH, captures the fragile elegance and strong sharp shape from Knight’s images.
Combining tailored volume, menswear elements and female colors, KEH offers a modern exploration of the interaction between masculinity and femininity.
With gender neutrality being the current fashion buzzword, Wei played with the concept of gender versatility, incorporating classic menswear elements in tailoring and wide shoulders with contrasting feminine waists and shapes, for a more sensual look.
The collection references two main themes: mixing genders and flower forms. Focusing on construction and referencing Knight’s photographs, Wei incorporates layering and draping to create volume and sharp-edged lines that express the shapes of petals.
Further tailoring techniques are seen in detailing with asymmetric cuts, stitched lines on seams, folds and pleats that reference the crease of men’s trousers, and raw edge trim on suiting options using fusing and canvas.
Jackets, trenches and suiting are key garments within collection, done in menswear fabrics such as wool and tweed and mixed with softer cashmere, cotton and silk pieces.
KEH collaborated with 51 E JOHN on the jewelry for the collection.
A new vision with a creative bent, KEH can easily be the new darling of the New York Fashion scene. Surprisingly, even with a high concept approach, the collection is wearable without looking commercial. And that is high praise coming from this seasoned fashion journo.
Photos courtesy of KEH