MK2K truly proves that the best fashion comes from innovation. All great designers prove to not just design with an idea in mind, but to design for the women who realize that there is something missing in the stores. Designer, Michelle Kim, of MK2K realized that she was the link to what was missing in the industry. She launched her line in 2006 out of the sheer frustration of not being able to find what she wanted. She hasn’t looked back since. What’s nice is the midwest has taken to this classic cool style! MK2K can be found in many a Chi-town boutique. Classic Chicago fashionistas will thrive in MK2K’s easy to wear and functional pieces. The looks transition well from day into night for the Urban working girl that the Chicago woman is. With the right pair of shoes, accessories or dressed down look, the MK2K line work well in the Midwest.
The MK2K line focuses on basic, seasonless looks, with a line of knits that can be worn year-round, either on their own or layered. Frilly, girly and chic tops and dresses that are at once comfy, classic, and wonderfully versatile. What is so incredible is that this is a collection that will never be retired from your wardrobe. What better way to invest your money these days? If you want to learn more about Michelle Kim, read the one on one interview below with your very own Chicago Fashion Trends Examiner. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more incredible designs from MK2K!
What is your name, line called, target market and design focus? My line is called MK2K. It is the initials of my name Michelle Kim. Our target is for all ages but definitely fashion savvy women who knows how to dress in an understated manner. My goal is for women to wear my clothing as a comfortable expression of themselves.
Where do you gain inspiration for your designs? A lot of times I get inspired by what I look for when I shop. I usually shop with something in mind and if I don’t find it, I design my own creation. I really appreciate classic novelty basics that you can wear every day, season after season. One of my fashion pet peeve’s is fad styles; trends that can only be worn for a single season. My favorite creation is a coat is from my first collection 5 years ago. I still get compliments on it!
What is the focus of your current 2010 line and what brought that to fruition? My focus for the line the season was to design garments that women wear to make them feel special. I was really inspired by the sad economic downturn and wanted to create stand out pieces. I felt very connected to treatment processes this season and used a lot of heat transfer rhinestones and metal embellishments on t-shirts. I wanted to create something that would make a woman want to go dancing, despite the struggling economy.
How do you feel celebrities embody your fashion line? I love it when celebrities incorporate fashion twists and come up with their own special style. I really respect them because often, they take big risks. When a celebrity wears my line, they usually style it in a way that’s different than how I visualize it being styled in my mind. I love it when this happens because it often gives me new styling and designing ideas!
What are some of your fashion icons and what draws you to them? My fashion icons are regular people on the street who make me turn my head for a second look. I get so drawn to people who have their own style and look good in it; I can tell that they just love fashion and that inspires me!
Can any of your designs be found in Chicago, if so where?
1035 W. Madison
Chicago, IL 60607
Lissa on Maxwell
729 W. Maxwell St.
Chicago, Il 6060
Handle with Care
1706 North Wells
Chicago, IL 60614
535 E. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
What are some trends that focus in relation to your line that our readers need to pay attention to for Spring/Summer 2010? I think florals are very in this season along with the military look as well. Feminine mixed with masculine is a great juxtaposition to play with in the trends for the Spring. Yet, I really don’t believe or follow trends. I just go with the flow and wear what I really feel comfortable and good. I don’t disrespect what is in fashion, though… like wearing something that is so OUT of style?
Can you give our readers some style tips when it comes to wearing your fashion line? I really recommend you wear high heels when it comes to any thing… It adds not only height but self confidence because you feel curvy and tall? Well, at least that is how I feel when I put on my favorite stilettos on!
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