"This season I was inspired by English manor-country dressing and 1930s femininity," said Jenni Kayne, on the phone from her house in Los Angeles. "For Fall, I always think of the countryside and hunting and cozying up by the fire." Amanda Brooks' Instagram was another point of reference. (The fashion insider, who up and moved her family to Oxfordshire a couple of years back, chronicles her glorious life in the country on the social platform.)
But Kayne is a modern designer whose aesthetic is rooted in nineties minimalism, so her interpretation of the idea was anything but fusty. For instance, a hunter green moto vest was styled over a button-up that was printed with tiny leaves, as well as a navy and green pullover. Those were paired with cropped black trousers and a lug-sole slingback in waxed leather. (The shoes, with their practical nylon laces, added just the right woodsy feeling.) The collection's standout print—a blown-up orange blossom—was a nod to Kayne's 1930s notions, whether used on a sharp collarless coat or a sleeveless floor-length gown. A dusty rose, which Kayne is calling "rosewood," also played a big role. A hidden-placket blouse with rolled sleeves was paired with single-pleat tapered trousers in the same shade for a new take on suiting. While Kayne sees fashion through the lens of a tomboy, the bias-cut gowns with handkerchief hems were ultrafeminine in that nineties-minimalist way.
Kayne and her team are eager to point out that her pricing is extremely competitive: There's always a gown for less than $1,000. And even her long, layer-able rabbit-fur vest hovers below that number. She's smart to be so price-conscious without going too down-market. Her pieces, particularly this collection, look like they're more than worth the cost of admission.