ASYMPTOTE’s romantic, textural collection subtlety challenges ones preconceived notion of modern menswear. The emerging label, designed by WK Jackson, manipulates mainstays of men’s dressing such as button-downs, suiting, and sportswear with historical and subtle detailing to create a unique look that has been often just out of reach.
With a background in fine art and international business and residences on the east and west coasts as well as France, Jackson is accustomed to disparate points of view and infuses this into each collection. Even the brand name ASYMPTOTE alludes to this as the definition explains it as “a line that a curve approaches, as it heads towards infinity.” Silk taffetas cut into tailored capes, kimonos morphed into shirts, and shirt collars extended into pleated scarfs are all examples of the surprising yet minimal aesthetic of the brand.
The Spring/ Summer 2015 collection references Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps Turkish merchant paintings from the 1800s and contrasts them with early 1980s sportswear with a nod to Saville Row tailoring. Over the shoulder seaming emphasizes masculine broad shoulders and high-waisted tapered pants further underline the “V” shape of the silhouettes that are then softened by draped and fluid pieces. Fabrications marry natural fibers with modern, new “Tech” fabrics—the sleek with the deconstructed.
By: MAO for Reveler New York