Jen Kao Fall 2012 RTW: East meets West

February 25, 2012
By Sheryl Blasnik

Jen Kao Fall 2012

Jen Kao is a NY based Fashion Designer known for innovative tailoring, intricately seamed leather pieces, and experimental knits.  On February 10th Jen presented her Fall 2012 collection at Highline Stages as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.  She called the collection “East meets West for nightcaps”.

The collection was relaxed aristocracy defined by the rigidity of masculinity and the fragility of femininity.

Jen Kao Fall 2012

Plush, sultry delicates of silk, high lacquered chiffons, satins, lace, jacquard and cotton sateens were blanketed in military-inspired furs, wool cashmeres and plaids. Signature prints, embroidery and needlepoint crystal mesh created a fusion of  dark grunge and luxurious oriental silks.  All in languid colors of deep jade teals, midnight navy blue, cassis fuschias, tobacco browns, fiery reds, shades of ash and piano key black and whites.

The collection was accessorized with felt baseball cloches, python overnight briefcases, dodecahedron jewelry and dégradé crystal fringe earrings.

Jen Kao Fall 2012

Kao’s talent for three-dimensional sculptural art was reflected in her design aesthetic, highlighting the contrast between architectural construction and fluid draping.

A foxy approach, polished but cagey.

A video of the full runway show can be viewed on jenkao.com

Photos: Style.com

Sheryl Blasnik

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