September 19, 2012
I was sitting edge-of-tush on edge-of-seat, screaming within, frantically scribbling pages of mental notes, frightened by the magnificence of Siki Im’s Spring 2013 show. Hauntingly beautiful couldn’t be a more appropriate description for this collection. As I get dressed each morning since I saw the show, I find myself reaching for my vintage kurtas, tying long shirts and jackets around my waist, strapping on my climbing sandals, and two words keep ringing my head: “Personal. Order.”
The most striking elements of this collection, besides the Tevas worn with socks, were the wrap skirts in light cotton poplin that the models wore lifted in front to reveal slim trousers. The show space was on the piers and the wind blowing against the billowing skirts made for such a marvelous visual. Here we see a white skirt over dirty washed denim, and classic black on black.
big bottoms: linen gusseted pants with a voluminous skirt and trousers loose and louche
The leather vests are handsomely tough worn on their own, and would make for great layering pieces (over or under jackets) as the temperature drops.
Tunics over pants, worn with jackets are a classic East-meets-West combination; I've been wearing it for years.
easy blacks: a leather jacket and a chasuble in soft black, a boxy black top with relaxed black trousers
Siki's classic lapel-less blazer, done in a subtle pinstripe with bolero detailing, and the most beautiful double kimono trench with a cropped boxy top half reminiscent of the gun-flap component on classic trenches, and a long bottom half belted with a skinny sash.
Closing. Note the painted napes (right), which they did in black as well. I might want to try this on a night involving black lights.
“The skulls were there and I could say something with them. To me they are as beautiful as anything I know. To me they are strangely more living than the animals walking around. The bones seem to cut sharply to the centre of something that is keenly alive on the desert and though it is vast and empty and untouchable – and knows no kindness with all its beauty.” – Georgia O’Keefe (on the Siki Im Spring 2013 show cards)
photographs by Sigurd Widenfalk