November’s Featured Designer ~ Kdon by Kim Cathers

All photos by Leigh Righton ,

Kim Cathers first shot to fame as a finalist on the hit TV series Project Runway Canada – ​as it goes in the world of entertainment, the public can chew you up and spit you out, and then we may never hear of​ you​​ again, or if we do, it’s on a third-rate reality show for washed up stars​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cathers has little chance of that happening, as she has taken her 15 minutes of fame for what it is, and moved forward with her work. The Vancouver based designer is one of the more recognizable personas in Canadian fashion, but she doesn’t think of herself as accomplished, instead choosing to live day by day on her passion and livelihood – fashion with a sustainable angle.

Cathers evokes somewhat of a laissez-faire vibe, but behind that is a woman who was working in sustainable practices in clothing design before there was even the term “eco-fashion”,​ and infuses not only her work but her​​​ lifestyle with these principles​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. On the heels of participating as a featured designer at the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Vancouver, Cathers ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​says that this approach to fashion week has been just what she has been waiting for. What she is looking for isn’t significantly more sales or buyers per say (she isn’t interested in taking her line mass), but to get the word out and to support a worthy cause, one step at a time. Cathers’ steps come each season through small capsule collections made of reclaimed materials, designed under her label kdon.

Her most recent ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​outing is NOIR FW 2010, a carefree idyllic collection with plenty of black, draped details, and the signature hand-worked details kdon is known for – together, a representation of both drama and joy. As for the concept? “The story is based on riding a black pegasus through the night sky, breaking into the world beyond here and before there.”

Kim Cathers’ approach to fashion ​​​​​​​​​​​is refreshing and honest – ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​best described to an outsider as conceptually imaginative with a wearable edge, she takes joy in making clothes and pours her boundless creative energy into them. A short perusal onto her BLOG and it is clear that her work is what manifests when this creativity weaves its way into her work as an artist whose medium is clothing. As with many designers in the industry, they lose the zest that design offers when it becomes commercialized. Cathers keeps things personal, intimate, and inherently driven by passion, whether it is for fashion or the environment. And that’s something a show made for entertainment such as Project Runway never renders possible for the viewer to appreciate.

“Learning to fly” is what NOIR feels like to Cathers, and that works both in the aesthetic and intellectual sense for someone still on her way to making a mark, yet who enjoys life and takes things as they are. Fitting for a designer who says on a final note of her Project Runway experience:

“The show is like everything in life, important for a moment, and then not anymore.”

For more, visit WWW.KIMCATHERS.COM.

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~ by Planet Claire on November 7, 2010.

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