Kim Shui Spring 2019: New York Fashion Week

Kim Shui NYFW FW19

Represented by Gia Kuan.

On Thursday, September 6, Kim Shui showcased her Spring Summer 2019 collection in New York City with up to 40 unraveled looks sporting crumpled and twisted pieces, evoking the creation process of tie-dye.

The contrasting structured bustiers and voluminous pieces were pieced together of textured brocade, crushed burn out velvet, taffeta, sheer tie-dye chiffon and embroidered heavy weight silk. The collection looks to explore the process of deconstruction and reconstruction; from recreations of classic cheongsam styles and shirting warped with qipao necklines, this line transforms like a chrysalis morphs into a butterfly.

Kim Shui: NYFW FW19

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Following the show, from September 7 – 14, Kim will introduce a showroom and pop-up concept that is located at a previously vacant storefront on 320B Canal Street, where selects pieces straight from the runway will be sold for a see now, buy now experience. An unconventional take on the retail experience, the storefront serves as an art installation for visitors to not only shop, but interact and experience as well. Kim Shui’s bright and bold Fall / Winter 2018 collection is juxtaposed by industrial concrete, metal, glass and marble structures in this pop up installed by Kristian Kirk.

For the duration of the residency, Kim Shui will also introduce several brand related events and interactive installations. The showroom is presented as part of ON CANAL, New York City’s new home for creative exploration using twenty previously vacant retail storefronts at the intersection of SoHo and TriBeCa, co-curated by Vibes Studio and Wallplay.


Born in the US, and raised in Rome, Italy, designer Kim Shui graduated from Duke University with a double major in Economics and French before pursuing Fashion Design at Central St. Martins, London where she graduated with Distinction. Selected as one of the VFILES Runway winners in February 2016, Kim Shui debuted her FW16 ready to wear collection during NYFW. Sponsored and selected by Vogue Italia, she exhibited FW16 at Pitti Super Talents in Milan. She was also one of ten designers selected for the prestigious International Talent Support Competition and Samsung Galaxy Award. | @kimshuistudio


Twenty previously vacant retail storefronts, a majority of which sat vacant for years, are now operated by the experiential arts & innovation network Wallplay. The revival of this stretch of urban landscape highlights the neighborhood’s history and invites the public to reimagine the future of commerce. Co-curated by Vibes Studios, ON CANAL is NYC’s new home for pop-ups & creative exploration at the intersection of SoHo and TriBeCa. ON CANAL was created by Wallplay and Sonny Gindi of Vibes Studios, in partnership with an alliance of forward thinking property owners, led by father and son duo, Albert & Jack A Laboz of United American Land, LLC. ON CANAL, the district for new ideas will continue to evolve with the spirit of “Let’s rethink everything, together”.


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