People, especially when younger, defer their dreams, figuring they have time.
Kaylin Andres doesn’t have that sense of immortality.
The designer featured on MTV’s Monday series “World of Jenks” is dealing with her third occurrence of cancer. She always wanted to be a fashion designer and wanted to work in the fashion capital of the United States, so she moved to New York.
“I knew pretty early on,” she tells Zap2it from her home in Brooklyn, where she was resting after a chemo session. “My family taught me how to sew when I was really young, and I always loved drawing and sewing and creating, so I knew by age 10 that I wanted to design.”
A huge fan of “British designers in particular because of their wit and sense of humor,” Andres says she is partial to Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
In her own creations she aims to mix a sense of humor with wit.
Look closely at the print on the hem. It is an eye, and not just any eye, but the iconic image of model Peggy Moffitt, with thick black eyeliner and a glitter, triangular tear falling. Andres pairs the silk organza white skirt with a black filmy bodysuit.
Her collection, which debuted at Brooklyn Fashion Weekend, was inspired by the “ease of school uniforms,” Andres says. The shift dress, with its subtly striped top and a pastel mint bottom, has such classic lines it appeals to all ages.
The neon coral jumper with a butterfly-patterned blouse, however, is standard school uniform design, but Andres has great fun with the colors. The exaggerated collar and cuffs are Swiss dot.
“I would wear it in the street in the summertime,” Andres says. “And I wore something very similar to it to a job interview. I wore that shirt with a jumper. I had the models all in flat shoes when doing the show, cute little spectators, saddle shoes almost.”
Andres uses the Swiss dot material again in this cropped, sleeveless blouse and attaches a very long collar, which she accents with a vinyl scarf. The lavender pants are a lightweight wool crepe and have smocking on the front pockets.
The top is a metallic crepe de Chine racer back, and the skirt is that silk organza used to make the other skirt. This time the hem is trimmed with a print of a crown of thorns.
Andres, 27, was working her dream job for Betsey Johnson when she became sick again.
“I had bone cancer when I was 23, in ’08, and then thyroid cancer,” she says. “And then I was in remission for three years, and the bone cancer came back and in my lungs. It sounds so serious when I say it. I haven’t done that much sketching [lately], and I think it is because I don’t have the energy to do anything.”