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Italo Calvino’s postmodernist novel If on a winter’s night a traveler influenced SIKI IM‘s presentation in New York, as did the work of August Sander – the great German portrait photographer of the early 20th century. Together, they formed the intellectual backbone for the designer’s layered, textured play on fit and proportion for Fall/Winter 2013. There were high-collared, asymmetrical outerwear, deconstructed blazers and cashmere scarves that acted as shawls, lending the collection a sleek modernity, while aprons in leather, flannel and metallic finishes referenced the working class garments of Sander-era Germany. Elsewhere, a subdued color palette of blacks, tans and plum, along with comforting — yet utilitarian — fabrics like corduroy, merino, and flannels gave the looks a fine balance between function and sophistication.

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