Kim Schalk

Alexandria, VA

This season things got complicated. I stared experimenting with French terry and other heavier knits. But I was constructing patterns that were typically used on wovens - like using origami folding techniques on pockets. Using strategic processes, I was able to manipulate a knit garment to give it structure. This is a very tricky thing to do. I had to pull from my bag of tricks to get fit and promotion just right. The results - voila! - innovative knitwear that has an unusual architectural sentiment. In some cases, I experimented with hand stitching abstract designs on a cuff or a collar to soften a piece's aesthetic. Also this season I was obsessed with utilitarianism. My goal was to design something that is not only innovative and beautiful, but so comfortable that one's inclination would be never to take it off!
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