Colm Dillane was 45 minutes late for his interview and cover shoot. His cast of real-life friends/models showed up about 20 minutes before he did and used their waiting time to sing his praises while they rolled joints and watched the fountain spout water in the center of Washington Square Park on a summer afternoon.
“Colm is out of his f–king mind, but he’s a genius,” said Hollywood Anderson, a singer Dillane discovered in the subway about five years ago.
Apparently the fashion community agrees.
Dillane, the 29-year-old founder and designer of KidSuper, is on the verge of being the industry’s latest breakout star. The New York City native, who attended Brooklyn Tech high school and New York University before embracing fashion full-time, started making T-shirts when he was in high school. Over the last few years, he has shown his collection during Paris Fashion Week, collaborated with Puma, sells at Dover Street Market, Ssense, Selfridges, Luisa Via Roma and other high-profile stores, and is a finalist for the LVMH Prize, which will be awarded in September.