June 08, 2011 New York
For her first Resort outing, Jen Kao showed a collection of "easy dramatics" that were more practical than the experimental pieces typically seen at her runway shows. Kao has always been big on traveling (she's been to Indonesia and Hawaii most recently), and she finds herself packing the same things each time. The looks here are the ones that make sense with her own jet-set lifestyle: relaxed pants in a tawny gauze knit that can be rolled up and stuffed into a suitcase, then pulled out wrinkle-free later; and a utilitarian, hooded parka in a faded "Aztec" print designed to protect a glam hiker from the elements. While it wasn't as far-out as usual, there were a few pieces that seemed more at home with Kao's aesthetic. We're thinking in particular of an ultraviolet shaved leather blazer covered in white paint that was paired with a tribal-looking bustier top and cropped, grass green cigarette pants.
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