Kim Jones – Designer and Collaborator
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Kim Jones: Menswear Designer
Since graduating from the prestigious design school, Central St Martins College London in 2001, Kim Jones has gained a dedicated following for his design-conscious modernist sportswear. Kim Jones has presented 8 collections for his mainline collection. He had his catwalk debut at London Fashion Week in 2003, and made his Paris debut only a year later in July 2004 (where he showed for 5 consecutive seasons). He showed his most recent Kim Jones Menswear collection in 2007 at New York Fashion Week. Other Kim Jones presentations include films with Alasdair McLellen and Toyin, as well as a book with American art photographer Luke Smalley.
As well as setting up his own label in 2003 Kim Jones has also designed for a wide range of fashion labels. The diverse and impressive list includes, the affordable Japanese powerhouse Uniqlo, British luxury brands Mulberry and Alexander McQueen, sports label Umbro, the international Hugo Boss, and high street staple Topman. Additionally Kim Jones has acted as Stylist and Art Director for a wide range of magazines including Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine, the New York Times, Style magazine, 10 Men, V Man, i-D magazine and Fantastic Man. Talk about an impressive CV!
Kim Jones – Leading British fashion designer
In 2008, Kim Jones’ direction changed when he joined men’s luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill as Creative Director. His aim was to inject some modern influences into the traditional, heritage brand. In September of 2010, Jones announced that he was stepping down as the creative director of Alfred Dunhill and moving on to new pastures. In March 2011, French fashion house Louis Vuitton announced that they had hired Kim Jones as a menswear style director. He is now responsible for the design of the ready-to-wear menswear collections for the famous French fashion house.
- 2001: Kim Jones graduates from Central St Martins College of Art and Design with an MA in Menswear.
- 2003: Kim Jones presents his first catwalk collection at London Fashion Week.
- 2004: The Kim Jones for Umbro collection launches, which becomes a huge success, particularly in Japan and Korea. Also this year, Kim Jones shows at Paris Fashion Week for the first time.
A Kim Jones Creations for his Long-Standing Collaboration with Umbro.
- 2006: Kim Jones receives the Menswear Designer of the Year Award by the British Fashion Council, for the first time.
- 2007: The Kim Jones brand presents its last collection at New York Fashion Week
- 2008: Kim Jones is appointed as Creative Director of British Fashion label Alfred Dunhill.
- 2009: Kim Jones receives the Menswear Designer of the Year Award by the British Fashion Council.
- 2011: In March, the French fashion house, Louis Vuitton announced that Kim Jones had been hired as menswear style director with immediate effect, replacing Paul Helbers who left to concentrate on independent projects. Designer Marc Jacobs remains in charge of the overall artistic direction of the Louis Vuitton label. Furthermore, the second collaboration with South Korea’s largest clothing brand, Bean Pole is launched for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season. The menswear collection features a full line of shirts, trousers, knitwear and outerwear, all with youthful silhouettes and a traditional colour palette.
The 2011 C ollaboration Between Kim Jones and Korean Fashion Label, Bean Pole.
Future of Kim Jones
“People don’t realise that I never really wanted to have my own label, I just fell into it… To have that huge company to work at and to have it become, in a sense, your label is a really massive honour.” – Kim Jones
It was never Kim Jones’ plan to set up a label of his own and as it stands (with his appointment at Louis Vuitton) there are no plans for another Kim Jones collection. But, in the designer’s own words “never, say never”. It will certainly be interesting to see his first ready-to-wear menswear collection for Louis Vuitton – one of the world’s most well-known and watched fashion houses.
Also on the rumour-mill were plans in the pipeline for a joint fashion label with US rapper, Kanye West. Unfortunately the collaboration, named Pastelle, had to be put on hold.
Without a doubt, keep an eye and an ear on Kim Jones – a new collaboration is probably just around the corner.
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