You can't really beat the quickie like thrill of a runway show - but from a purely professional perspective, presentations make way more sense. You can circle around the clothes, see them up close and linger in front of your favorite look as long as you like. But the poor models get tired just standing there in pretty shoes which means thirty minutes into the thing they slouch, sit, get cranky etc. So when we walked into Jenni Kayne's presentation at Industria Studios yesterday we said, "Finally! Someone used mannequins." Jenni displayed her very grown up collection in a U-shape. There were colorful chiffon prints, belted jeans, sequin dresses (are these required now?) and lots of black on white outfits, most of which was belted with a double wrap-around brown belt. We found out later Jenni used mannequins because she's due to give birth any moment and couldn't fly to New York to cast her show. We'd forgotten for a second that she was a mom to be, but it explained how she got from her I'm-a-cool-LA/NY-girl-with-all-the-right-rock-star-friends Fall collection to this. We'd wear half - but our Moms would look pretty cool in the other half.
Jenni Kayne Fall 2011: Kayne-Do Attitude
Full disclosure: we have a soft spot for California girl Jenni Kayne and her consistently beautiful takes on rich minimalism. Upon arriving at Industria to check out this season’s goods, the show notes told us to expect outdoorsy layers and textural extras “straight from a glamorous grandma with love.” Unfortunately, our grannies were never quite this chic—the pointy-toed d’Orsay flats and neat fur caps paired with many of the looks made comfy simplicity look totally luxe. As for the clothes themselves, they were the sort of thing a city girl might wear if she took to a cabin in the country for a weekend getaway—but still had fashionable friends to impress. Lumberjack looks, these were certainly not! Think chunky cable-knit sweaters paired with slinky, silky maxiskirts, or a tailored coat with a blue fur collar that would be perfect to shrug on to beat the forest chill. A few hits of bright cerulean in the form of a long-sleeved dress and billowy pants provided a welcome color contrast, while a sheer lace shell and a teensy golden skirt dripping in sequins gave the party girls in attendance something to lust after too. Kayne showed once again that she’s honed in on her design strengths—long, lean silhouettes, largely neutral palettes punctuated by pops of bold color, and ageless separates—and is comfortable delivering these sorts of wearable pieces each season. And whether you’re an East or West Coaster, or prefer city over country, that’s a style M.O. we definitely admire.