Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting at length with Kris Kim, founder of the understated New York concept store, La Garconne. The conversation, which will be featured in its entirety within the pages of the forthcoming issue of Au Courant Magazine, moved comfortably from the topic of easy workwear (she favours black on black casual separates; I tend to go for heather grey), to the need for authentic interactions in our digital world, garment design, camaraderie in fashion, and of course, the allure of La Garconne's airy and pared-down TriBeCa outpost.
As we touched on these things and more, Kim's enthusiasm for talking about her basic love of a functional, well-constructed and timeless garment never waned, and I was pleased to learn that apart from leading the in-store styling and buying teams for La Garconne, she was also the designer of Moderne. "In a sense, it's almost as if Moderne is a uniform for our daily lives," she shared, commenting on the fact that each new collection is meant to complement its predecessors across easygoing basics constructed in a subdued palette.
For Moderne's first ever presentation held in NYC's West Village during NYFW S/S2017, trousers boasted a relaxed fit, overcoats were rendered in sturdy cottons, and technical jackets boasted a bit of swing in crisp whites. See a few selections from the evening, below, and learn more about La Garconne here.