During Jen Kao’s fall 2013 show, I heard more than one person call the collection “Cruella De Vil.” Kao showed black and white spotted furs–paired with the models’ slicked hair, blackened eyes, and glossy red lips, it definitely evoked the chic villain’s wardrobe. For me, the collection on a whole was more Blade Runner than 101 Dalmatians, though.
Oversized 1980s silhouettes were everywhere, from big pleated pants to V-neck, wide shouldered tops. Kao riffed on her signature triangle motif, placing triangular bibs in front of slip dresses and creating triangle shaped patchwork on dresses and denim pieces. The show encompassed all a woman’s wardrobe needs, from the bomber jacket she wears on the weekend, to the black, more modest pieces that go to work, to the baby pink silk dresses that are suitable for staying up all night. It was a buyer’s dream. The worst thing you could say about the presentation was that it was on-trend. Slip dresses, patchworking, unexpected use of fur, and 1980s shapes are all things that have been popping up around fashion for the past couple of seasons. That’s not to say I don’t want a wrap patent leather skirt, though; I do.