Jen Kao Spring 2013

The Clothes: Sporty futuristic. Kao re-imagined her signature mini-prints and geometric cuts in origami inspired pieces that were less body con than
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The Clothes: Sporty futuristic. Kao re-imagined her signature mini-prints and geometric cuts in origami inspired pieces that were less body con than
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The Clothes: Sporty futuristic. Kao re-imagined her signature mini-prints and geometric cuts in origami inspired pieces that were less body con than usual, which was a lovely change. There were tons of boxy dresses with chevron prints on the front paired with cute baseball caps in coral, denim, and khaki and skirts with triangular pieces cut on the bias. Did I mention the clothes glowed in the dark? Kao also designed white and neon tiny web-like jewelry.

The Hair & Makeup: Models wore messy low twists that were delicately frizzed, and their faces were clean with bits of highlight and contour around the cheekbones.

The Soundtrack: Future techno with female vocal speaking “Is there life on Mars?” Definitely not the Bowie song.

The Vibe: Uptown indie. Held in the New York Public Library, the show had a decidedly fancy feel that mixed with the downtown scenesters that populated the seats.

The Front Row: Hannah Bronfman, The Man Repeller, Harley Viera Newton, Susie Lau, Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Kate Lanphear

Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Tilda Swinton! There were two suits in the collection that were made for her.

WTF Moment: Watching the models teeter-totter in the shoes inspired by traditional Japanese wooden shoes, except, you know, like 5 inches higher. No girls fell, one stumbled during the finale, but the overall look on their faces was, “Help me!”

What the Line Sheet Said: “Yakouchu Materukagirino Shinjitsunome (As truthful as a moving object can be)” was the title of the collection, and the show notes were an elaborate story centering on clean structure, modernity, and an “otherworldly athleticism.”

Photos: IMAXtree