Jenni Kayne wasted no time getting down to the nitty-gritty for Spring 2014; her presentation at Industria Studios was all about simplicity, leaving the clothes to take center stage. As we walked into the street-level, all-white hangar--completely made open to sidewalk passersby--a neat row of 16 models arranged across the far wall, offered quite the tightly edited assortment of sophisticated spring/summer separates. Yes, this time around, Kayne's story of was one of a more grown-up sort; everything had that Lee Radziwill, Happy Times polish.
This was achieved through an updated nautical palette--she kept the navy and white, but subbed a marigold-yellow for the requisite red--and a utilization of Breton stripes to graphically punchy effect; a pencil skirt in this classic, linear motif was a versatile standout.
Of the slightly less classic but equally collectable nature, Kayne's takes on the jumpsuit occurred in full-legged, cropped, and texturally printed variations; she's wise to note how centrally these get-in-and-go numbers have factored in women's wardrobes as of late, and does them beautifully in her own way.
Her way with jackets and outerwear this season was all about pairing down details and letting precisely sharp tailoring do the talking. An edge-to-edge, light-weight Chesterfield was simplified with a collarless neckline and notched lapel, realizing a spirited alternative to the trench coat.
As Kayne preps to open new brick-and-mortar retail venues in the not too distant future, it's apparent that she's honing the bread and butter of her business by discerning what's at its core: classically referenced sportswear that marches to the beat of a youthfully chic drummer.