Reed Krakoff’s fashion honor

Reed Krakoff

Reed Krakoff’s designs are “inspired” by art work.

The New York fashion star and photographer was honored at the Made in the USA: American Masters From The Phillips Collection gala last night held at The Phillips Collection museum in Washington, D.C.

Reed is the first designer to receive the honor. During the evening he spoke about how things exhibited in museums inspire him to create his pieces.

“American art has been a hub of inspiration for me,” he told WWD. “[I’m mostly inspired by] the design process of how people did what they did… There is an immediacy to American work, a spontaneity, always a sense of veracity and straightforwardness.”

His designs were worn by a host of guests last night, such as museum director Dorothy Kosinski. She was happy to let the designer pick hers and others ensembles for the event.

“We’ve become his stealth agents,” Dorothy laughed.

Reed also noted how Washington has important for developing his namesake brand. He and his team had been checking out retail space while in the city, but he has yet to plan a store opening,

Reed studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and has previously worked for the likes of all-American labels Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. He launched his eponymous label in 2010, which triggered him to leave his role as creative director at Coach, Inc.

The designer’s pieces range from casual sweaters to leathers skirts. He also includes handbags and shoes in his collection.

Reed has previously spoken about his own personal taste.

“My jeans are A.P.C. My shirts are Turnbull & Asser. It’s what I’ve worn for 25 years, and I wear the same thing every day. I joke that if you wear the same thing four times a week, it’s not good, but if you wear the same thing five days a week, it becomes a uniform,” he explained.

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