By Jenni Avins
About the boots—they were clogs. And there were low-top ones, too, all of which had steel plates bent around the toes. If a badass man’s clog has ever existed, this may have been it. Leather and metal have never been so prevalent for Im, and he showed a mastery of the materials in Perfecto jackets inspired by the one that German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder made his signature when Olivier Zahm was still a schoolboy. A version in glazed bottle-green cowhide was already starting to show beautiful color variations where the material was crinkling. It didn’t need an asymmetrical bottom—a detail that distracted rather than enhanced—to make it seem special. A round-neck pullover shirt in the finest gray flannel offered a nice alternative to a T-shirt or fine sweater, and it would also be lovely on a woman. In fact, this season marked the first time a female model, Sarah Bledsoe, walked in Im’s show. Her look—a fine, flowy Haines-decorated mackintosh with boot cut trousers—wasn’t distinct from those on the male models, but Im noted that he makes garments in size extra-extra-small. Perfecto.