Designers: Ka Wa Key Chow & Jarno Leppanen
KA WA KEY SS19 collection is called “Picture of a Monk”.
Pictures of young monks inspired SS19 collection. It is an imaginative story of one the monks imagining and dreaming about being a model in the works of photographer Ren Hang.
KA WA KEY used its trademark fabric treatments such as devore and painting to create dreamy mood of this collection.
They also created “new fabric” which is cotton polyester blend raincoat with water resistant features.
KA WA KEY used earthy textures and fabrics such as Irish linen and cotton as well as colors inspired by Picture(s) of Buddhist monks.
KA WA KEY had on schedule presentation during LFWM, featuring performers and dances Lee Hoy, Max Gershon and Ryan Appiah-Satpong.
Exploring and expressing emotions, change, transformation and reincarnation. The presentation is a combination of movement-based choreographed and improvised performance and KA WA KEY SS19 designs.
KA WA KEY is Designer Nominee of 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize.
KA WA KEY reimagines traditional textile crafts and reworks everyday streetwear with an unusual balance of simplicity and soft masculinity.
KA WA KEY’s work has been showcased on-schedule catwalk, presentation, performance and installations during the fashion weeks in London, New York, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Key graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Master’s degree in Fashion Menswear in 2015.
He was nominated as one of the finalists at the H&M Design Award for his graduate collection, which was showcased in “DOUBLE JE” contemporary art exhibition in Palais de Tokyo in Paris
Jarno has cross-artistic background and holds a Master’s degree in Arts. He translates KA WA KEY’s unique design language into poetical visuals, films, performance and various projects.
“I cannot make you understand, I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. One morning I woke up from uneasy dreams and found myself transformed.”
HAIR AND MAKE-UP IMAGES: Hair by Brendan O’Sullivan using British Hair and Makeup by AOFMPro Yin Lee using Dermalogica (Photographer Josie Van Oostveen