SS2012 was initially inspired by the 1960 Patrica Highsmith adaptation “Plein Soleil”. The film is set in the late 50’s Italian Riviera. My research took me deep into the age of sailing specifically, and then turned the focus onto the sail, the boat, and the people who come aboard. I wanted to explore the shapes, the folds, and the draping of the fabrics in regards to the physical sail. The influence of sun drenched primary colors, canvas, chrome hardware, and the light refracting up from the water are woven into the pieces. This collection continues the theme from last season, incorporating masculine and feminine forms. The garments are pieces that I imagine a captain, a dockworker, and a sun kissed female first mate to wear.
I can remember waking up late that day. I had a hangover. A bunch of us had been out very late the night before at the Marc Jacobs after party. I just can picture Perry Ferril and Roseanna Arquette spinning records. I had a few runway shows later in the afternoon on the 11th. I had the times and addresses saved in my voicemail on my cell. I called to check, but the network was not working. I brushed my teeth, and called my agent at Ford to get my call times. She answered.
Me// Hey it's Jesse Kamm.
Her// What is it?
Me// Oh, well, my phone isn't working for some reason. I need my call times for today.
Her// What do you mean everything is cancelled!!! We are under attack. Click
I sat there groggy trying to piece together what she had said. I looked at my friend Mickey. He was like, what? I remember opening the curtains and smoke was filling the street. I can remember we were just sitting there in silence. We were confused. We were suddenly scared. We went onto the front stoop of the building, and there were 5 dudes standing there yelling about something. "What's going on?" I asked. They told us that the planes had hit the towers.
We started crying. We roamed the streets lost and confused. Four days later we rented a car and drove across the country back to LA. I have lived here ever since. These photos are from the weeks before, and the days after.