June 20, 2011 New York
After reinserting herself on the fashion calendar for Fall, the designer is following up with an expansive Resort collection that features recurring Kamali motifs: convertible dressing, stretchy mesh and lace fabrics, pieces that can double as swimwear or lingerie, and "diaper" wrap and tie designs. New additions, like the abstract plaid print that came on one of the signature "high-low" skirts, as well as a long, obi-inspired gown, aren't necessarily for everyone, but the Kamali customer has always been self-selective and self-assured. One client recently wore a long dress in steel gray ruched chiffon—similar to one here—to her wedding. An up-and-coming songstress who used to raid her mother's closet for vintage NK, meanwhile, recently stopped by the store to shop for tour outfits. She gravitated toward the sheer, nude-colored halter number with a cutaway skirt covered in crystals.