I haven’t been enthused about fresh bloods in the game since I discovered Martina Spetlova a couple of seasons ago, but I’m happy to share a few new names that I have chanced upon lately. Today’s instalment features Timur Kim – a young graduate from CSM whose fashion journey reminds me of Pedro Lourenço’s. Both grew up far away from the major fashion capitals, and have had their works shown on runways when they were still teenagers, not a feat many people can boast about (whether that was due to their respective privileges, that’s a story for another time). Hailing from Russia, Kim moved to London for his BA and MA in fashion design, founding his eponymous label in 2012.
The FW14 collection that I am posting here is a maturation of his MA show. There are strong similarities between the two but it’s easy to discern the improvements that he has made. Fabric seems sturdier, tailoring sharper. Fluidity of the garments have been enforced so that they look less flimsy yet still moves beautifully. And I am glad he’s chosen not to reuse the shiny fabrics nor the strictly monochromatic blue colour scheme. There is a strong nod to Minimalism – sharp lines, non-figurative shapes – regardless of whether that is intentional on his part. Abstract geometric patterns are infused with cocoon silhouettes reminiscent of Balenciaga – which is of course a weakness of mine.
It is also rather fortunate that Kim has chosen to open his own e-store. I’m usually rather shy in contacting designers about their prices because chances are as soon as I receive their replies I’d have to send back an elaborate and strongly apologetic version of ‘Um. Maybe next time. Thanks’. That pretty much deters me from contacting them altogether because I detest potentially wasting other people’s time. Currently the store is selling his SS14 wares, and I’m certainly looking forward to the launch of the fall winter collection.