Sandy Kim’s lens shies away from nothing. She’s made a name for herself with her photos’ frankness and downright brazenness. Featured in magazines like Dazed & Confused and Vice, Kim’s photos document a gritty life that you secretly wish you had. Even Ryan McGinley loves her, and it doesn’t hurt that she knows how to work magic with natural light. The San Francisco native is always camera-ready, and her lens never fails to capture moments (raunchy and not) as they come, which is why she’s BULLETT’s exclusive behind-the-scenes it-girl for New York’s Fashion Week 2011.
In perhaps her most evocative backstage session, Sandy Kim catches the stern gaze and graphic starkness of Kimberly Ovitz’s spring presentation. The longhaired models caught by Kim’s lens stare defiantly into the camera, strange creatures caught in the lovely-but-surreal spring collection of Ovitz. The Japanese-inspired minimalism, nude lips and flattened, unadorned hair was simple, but no doubt dramatic.
Ovitz apparently took inspiration from the tragedy that struck Japan earlier this year, and while her collections are certainly of an Eastern bent, everything—from the red, white and orange palette to the layer/structuralism dichotomy—felt like homage to the country. Not a single garment was form fitting, but that’s not to say there wasn’t anything sensual to the cut outs and loose, flowing clothing she sent down the runway.
Even the models she chose (many of whom were of Asian heritage) took her minimalist approach to heart, with high-cheekbones and serious intensity, matching the clothes that they wore. Kim watches them dress and preen, staying simple and neutral, adding levity to the scene. Strangely enough, the stark white backdrop of the behind-the-scenes photos match—almost perfectly—the looks that Ovitz chose for her spring collection.
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