The Kimmel Man
By Rintaro Ishige
I first interviewed Adam Kimmel last year and I gained a more insightful perspective of the man and the label. Not one to be content, Adam is always growing and evolving and the Adam Kimmel Spring/Summer 2012 Collection reflects this in many ways, perhaps none more so than it being presented in his first runway show in Paris. Adam refers to the collection as "Dark Surfing with a Psychedelic undertone."
Discussing the concept of the collection, Adam speaks of his influence. “I think surfers are always cooler than the clothes they tend to wear. I wanted to make something that captured the spirit without the look. The hard-core surfers I know - the ones you do not want to be sharing a wave with - don’t wear surf clothes and they don’t dress in the traditional loud surf style. I distilled a bit of their essence into this collection."
With the basis of the collection surrounding black and olive combined with the custom psychedelic prints and buttons, the outcome is well defined and balanced. In addition, the abundance of detailing pays reference to the surfer core, with breathable mesh knit sweaters with lightweight neoprene elbow-pads with wetsuit stitching that runs throughout make for notable mentions. Along with the minimal wash effect on many of the garments to add to the relaxed feel, here are lush cottons mixed with linen and silk along with pronounced washed oxfords and more technical fabrics like lyocell and nylon. In addition the signature approach from Adam we have come to recognize from day one of his design work is evident in the reversible blazers, bomber jackets and overalls - all facets of the utilitarian in Kimmel's design approach since day one.
Photographer - Rintaro Ishige
Styling - James Oliver
Model - Timothy Sullivan