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New York Fashion Week spring-summer 2013: Jenni Kayne

September 07, 2012|By Booth Moore | Fashion Critic
  • Designer Jenni Kayne (in blue) and five models attend the Jenni Kayne spring 2013 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
Designer Jenni Kayne (in blue) and five models attend the Jenni Kayne spring… (Fernando Leon / Getty Images )

NEW YORK -- The collection: Jenni Kayne.

The inspiration: Surf culture and easy urban sportswear.

The look: Borrowed from the boys of summer. L.A.-based designer Kayne has mastered the summer suit in all its varied forms (with shorts or pants, an anorak or cropped blazer). Soft, silk crepe suits came in daffodil yellow or fuchsia with lipstick red accents; a teal houndstooth poncho with matching cropped, tapered pants, and a Southwestern print mini skirt with a matching cropped top. Color-blocked cotton raincoats and reverse seersucker trenches, crepe, cap-sleeved gowns, nubby beach cardigans, screen-printed T-shirts with abstract prints of a surfer in the water, and Kayne’s signature D’Orsay flats in several summery colors rounded out this SoCal lifestyle collection.

The scene: Nonexistent. Kayne showed her collection in a quiet Garment Center space.

The verdict: Not wildly inventive perhaps, but spot on in terms of what women turn to in their closet again and again. This is Kayne’s 10th year in business (she has two stores in L.A.) and clearly, she knows her customer.

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