June 27, 2013 New York
Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco conjured up a modern vision of Jacqueline Onassis running around the Greek isles by showing an easy Resort collection full of sand tones, soft fabrics, and languid silhouettes. Billowing halter gowns adorned with a simple metallic plate at the neckline were cut from dune-colored stonewashed silk, for example, while a fluid strapless jumpsuit had an asymmetric drape. "We always like that effortless wrapped-towel look," the designers noted. While those understated evening numbers had pared-down appeal, Kaufmanfranco's growing red-carpet clientele (recent credits include Taylor Swift and Alessandra Ambrosio) will likely flock to the glitzier sequined columns and body-con minis here. Still, the biggest takeaway was the daywear, which the label has been honing since signing up to redesign uniforms for American Airlines earlier this year. Among the standouts were stretchy sheaths with minimal silver buckles, as well as safari-inspired jackets and cargo shorts whipped up from lightweight suede-bonded linen.