Jen Kao Sure there was sand on the runway and there were floaty dresses and soleless sandals at Jen Kao's show at Milk yesterday, but there was a dark undercurrent running through her collection. Chris Isaac's "Wicked Games" played for the entire length of the show, and Kao's line sheets said that she was "inspired by the arid sands and shifting light of the powdery dunes where desert princes find their zombie brides." Ok...? The zombie bride thing didn't exactly come across but Kao's color palette--sand, off-white, dusty rose--certainly gave off a desert vibe. Models strolled through the sand in over-sized slouchy knits and loose airy dresses, most of which were crocheted and macramed, and paired with soleless macrame thongs and shin guards. The stand out look? A dusty rose gown with intricate paneling at the bodice.
Kimberly Ovitz It was a little scary to walk into Kimberly Ovitz's presentation but I think that was the point. Models looked like angry aliens, their eyebrows drawn in thick and black, trapped in a fluorescent lit box. (I wouldn't be happy if I were trapped standing in a box with fluorescent lighting either.) Dresses, jackets, pants and tops were either black or white or both, with an emphasis cut and tailoring. The looks, for the most part, were sharp, though slouchy tops, cropped in the front and long in the back, tempered the severity.
Mandy Coon One of our Fashionista 15 designers to watch, Mandy Coon didn't disappoint with her collection inspired by, true story, jellyfish. "While basking on the majestic beaches of Tulum, Mandy Coon reconnected with a childhood fascination with jellyfish," her info sheet read. "These silent ghosts of the sea possess a unique duality, alluring us with their overwhelming beauty, while paralyzing us with fear." Just like jellyfish, her pieces were billowy, tiered, with streaks of poisonous red amidst a mostly black collection.
LnA Slouchy tops, long jersey skirts, comfy cotton mini dresses and the chicest sweatpants ever. All in happy neon colors.
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