With his NYMD debut, Kent Anthony brings his industrial design background to a collection that is simultaneously minimalist and exceptionally complex.
"Kent Anthony is about visual communication. Each season we come up with a concept and a vibe, and it is important to communicate the story we're trying to tell in whatever visual medium it is. With an emphasis on fashion, but it is not limited to fashion," Anthony tells me when I ask him about the ethos of the burgeoning label, adding: "The concept always starts off with an illustration, and then that idea and concept is built out into the full collection."
I ask him a bit about his favorite aspects of the show and the background he brings to it:
"I like the movement, the flow is something that is very important to us in industrial design. That is what I went to school for. I want the eye to move through pieces and the lines to carry in through each other, similar to automotive design, where you don't just put a line on something, it needs to make sense through their whole situation."
The show also includes an interesting feature; all of the models have had their fingers dipped in deeply opaque black or white paint up to the second knuckle. Anthony tells me of the choice:
"Because I have such a multidisciplinary design perspective, I pull from a lot of different things. In graphic design, I put a little black circle or a little white circle on every page to visually anchor it, so the painted fingers are nothing more than me taking that idea and bringing it into three dimensions."