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Milk Studios, New York Fashion Week.
I’m preceding this collection with a quick story:
Last fall, I was invited to Timo Weiland’s studio in New York’s garment district. The idea was to shoot the daily workings of Weiland and his creative partner, Alan Eckstein as they worked to finish the spring/summer collection that was set to debut at New York Fashion Week that September. None of those photos were ever published (although the magazine did use a portrait that I took of the two of them standing together). My initial and lasting impression of the studio was that it seemed abnormally relaxed for a high fashion environment. The assistants and interns were really laid back—they all seemed happy to by there. Not one to break the traditional fashion code, Timo Weiland as a designer came off as slightly tepid; more polite than nice, definitely focused on the task at hand and while he didn’t seem at all bothered by my presence in his studio, was only concerned that I not take photos of proprietary information. Eckstein, on the other hand, was extroverted, social, the type of person who seemed genuinely concerned about the welfare of the people he cared about. Their personalities together created the perfect balance for their team, and as it turns out, their creative output.
The new collection by Timo Weiland embodies what I love on a woman: sophistication that’s not too serious. I get the feeling that envision a woman who may be her own person, but cannot entirely escape her Catholic school roots. The sweater/skirt combinations in particular really stand out because they look good and not thrown together last minute from the closet. She can stroll, skip or strut confidently with equal ease.
West Village, New York | 10.30 am