Wednesday, 29 February 2012

KIM WEST: Profile

Kim West was one of the first designers to bring latex out of the fetish industry and into the fashion world. From her store in Kensington Market in 1987 she challenged the traditional perceptions of latex clothing. Creating pieces for Vivienne Westwood collections and celebrities of the day Isabella Rossellini and Kylie.

 As Kim predicted in an interview with Jonathan Ross in the early 90s wearing latex has become more and more acceptable. Only last season it was a major fabric on the catwalk at Louis Vuitton. 

Having put her brand on hold for a while in the Nineties she is back with a new generation latex branded GLYDETEX, which requires no talc and feels like silk to the touch and further enhances its use in everyday fashion. Just this season she collaborated with Henry Holland producing popsicle coloured underwear for his catwalk show.

Kim also understands the importance of nurturing the new generation of Latex designers and has set up an e-store that runs alongside her own brand, which gives young designers the opportunity to showcase and sell their designs.

It is also important to remember that latex is enviromentally friendly, it's naturally occurring rubber so you can enjoy it conscious free!

Jimmy Choo 

Louis Heal for LUXURY LATEX

Kim West for House of Holland S/S12


 KIM WEST menswear

S/S 12 Surf Dress EXIT Magazine

The Interview

How did you first get into designing and working with Latex?

Accidentally. I made a dress for myself and got inundated with orders. It's not the easiest fabric to work with but I discovered I was good at it.

You took a break from the industry what differences do you notice about the fashion industry now you are back?

The internet has changed the way we shop. We sell worldwide with out leaving the workshop. It's brilliant.

What would you say to someone that had never worn latex before to convince them to try it? 

It's just a fabric. It's fun, sexy, looks and feels great.

What is you favourite piece from your latest collection? 

The latex and neoprene dresses. I love working with neoprene and it mixes beautifully with latex.

What’s in the future for Kim West? 

Shops. Lots of them.

What’s your life philosophy(in a nutshell)?

Be kind, honest, and generous. 

What underwear are you wearing?

 A Bravissimo bra and no knickers.

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