KES’s Resort ‘21 Collection marks designer Lia Kes’s coming full circle, back to the initial dream and vision of the brand. Says Kes, “I wanted to take away all of the background noise, and get back to the DNA of what KES really stands for.” Following her intuition and taking visual and spiritual cues from nature, the designer pared down the collection to timeless staple pieces that offer both elegance and ease. With sustainability in mind, KES’s garments are made locally and are designed to last a lifetime. Each piece is fabricated using high-quality materials in an array of rich organic dyes and assembled with adaptable, balletic draping that is brought to life by the wearer. As Central Park’s foliage provides a vibrant respite from the hard lines of the surrounding city, KES’s Resort Collection revels in nature’s intuitive grace within the bounds of human-made construction.
Since March, KES has been producing functional protective face coverings in their signature quality fabrics. As Kes explains, “as a business, we never closed down, so we understand the importance of having a quality face mask that you can wear all day while at work.” These masks have become an integral element to KES’s lookbook, styled by dancer and former Vogue editor Chelsea Zalopanni. As a dancer, Zalopanni keenly understands the movements of the garments as worn throughout everyday life. In harmony with the notion of coming full circle, the lookbook is shot by photographer Yossi Michaeli, Kes’s longtime collaborator who shot the designer’s debut collection. The photos capture the clothes as they are intended to be seen—in mid-stride on the streets of New York City.
The past few months have seen a shift in the way that fashion is seen, bought, and sold. In adapting to a direct-to-consumer model, KES has formed a deeper connection with their clientele. “Sometimes,” says Kes, “you have to come full-circle to realign with what really matters.”