What inspired you for fall 2012?
I am inspired by the delicate beauty of Renaissance portraits and extravagant medieval armor. And I am putting them together with hip hop to bring them into the present day.
How does this play out in terms of colors, materials and shapes?
Lots of gold, different shades of black and cream with a splash of red. There are many different textures—lace, chiffon, satin, leather and several types of fur.
What music did you listen to while designing this collection?
I put on Thievery Corporation Radio on the internet. It has a nice beat and doesn’t scare my sewing ladies.
What do you look for when casting your show/presentation?
I like innocent-looking girls with a nice personality, skinny long legs and a cool walk.
How do you stay energized/balanced in the weeks leading up to NYFW?
I try to sleep at least seven hours every night and we make fresh fruit and vegetable juice in the studio.
What other show(s) are you looking forward to seeing this season?
I have to go back to production for spring right after the show. I don’t think I can go to any shows.
How do you plan to unwind after Fashion Week?
I will go to my house in upstate and spend few days playing with my cats. We miss each other so much.
Gemma Kahng will present her fall 2012 collection as part of the Gen Art New Garde show on Thursday, February 9th at Exit Art.