German native Kai Kühne debuted his sophomore collection, Myself, kicking off NYC’s Fashion Week in his inimitable style. Kühne comes into his own with a collection that is as glamorous as it is wearable.
This avant garde artist, known for his unique cutting-edge style, has created designs that have been heralded as “an ironic twist of sophisticated ladylike ensembles” (LA Splash) and have led him to be dubbed “the one to watch for all the right reasons” (Fashion Week Daily). Style.com reviewed his first collection, stating simply “one doesn’t have to be the loneliest number after all” referencing his break with downtown fashion collective, As Four.
His Fall 2006 line evokes 1950’s Hollywood glamour, with a twist. Classic dresses are juxtaposed with men’s suit pieces, draped dresses, and loose, high-waisted Kate Hepburn-style pants. A jumpsuit has a smoking jacket feel to it and the men's cuts of the patterns are softened by the fabrications of silk and charmeuse. Dresses sure to become Red Carpet Classics come with whimsical names such as the Harmonica, the Godiva Dress and the Monroe dress, inspired by Marilyn. Kühne uses colorations of blacks and browns and creates a new diamond silhouette for a dressy skirt. The collection ranges from highly constructed to loose and flowing and plays up Kühne’s penchant for expert draping.
While Kühne doesn’t have a specific muse in mind when he designs, he creates with an ideal of beauty in mind, rather than a specific person. He is also inspired by the classical and mythical goddesses of Greek and Roman history.
Kühne relocated from his home country to New York to pursue a career in modeling and later, photography. Both these professions gave him ample knowledge of the fashion business and his photography trained his eye in preparation for design. It wasn’t long before he realized his true calling.
When Kühne is not designing, he can be found living and working in his Flatiron studio and enjoying Manhattan, often with his trusty dog, Powder, by his side. Kühne loves the quintessential NYC – the Central Park Boathouse, the Lower East Side. An international traveler, Kühne favors Rio de Janeiro and Israel where he snorkels and dives in the Red Sea.
Kühne shares the acclaim of being the first recipient of the prestigious Ecco Domani Awards, which he won with his then partners, As Four.
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