PAUSE sat down with playful designer Ka Wa Key.
In the frenzy of London Fashion Week: Men’s, we at PAUSE took the time to sit down with Ka Wa Key for a quick but most of all quirky interview regarding his Fall/Winter 2017 collection. The young Hong Kong native designer, who caught our eye last season with a playful Spring/Summer 2017 collection, talks fabrics, Tinder and London studios.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the brand?
The collection is called ‘I’m a Chinese Ken’. Basically, a lot of men on the Chinese Tinder are trying to westernize themselves to find boyfriends. We’re surrounded by the westernization of our societies and what we wanted to represent in this collection was this mix of identities.
What are the fabrics made of?
It’s a mix of mohair and has been painted and yes, it’s a very long process!
What are the standout pieces from the collection?
I’d say if you like the oversize trend, go for the cream jacket, as it’s kind of romantic, with cool fabrics. You see all the fabrics used here are actually crafted in our studio and then we target the styles and trends we see to create the best pieces.
What has changed from seasons to seasons?
The Spring/Summer collection was sensibly the same, but the new thing this season is the hair-based texture, which obviously has something more wintery, as you can see. It’s a more transparent fabric, so it’s definitely fabulous!
Check the photos below from the Fall/Winter 2017 lookbook featuring models Jimmy Newman, Jeremy Barras and Zachary Hill, styled by Manny Wongkaew. The collection was photographed by Jarno Leppanen, and hair & make-up were done by Isa Yiu.