February 03, 2005
Kenneth Cole's show opened with a short film detailing the conversion of comedian Mario Cantone from a snooty fashionista to a caring, sharing supporter of all the social causes endorsed by the designer. But the guest star who really had the audience on its hind legs was a sprightly Harry Belafonte, with whom Cole has worked on age-related initiatives. In an elongated black leather jacket, the calypso king made an argument for Cole as a designer for every age of man. From the first suit, a three-piece in a lightweight felt, to the last, a two-button twill, there was an element of formality to the collection that seemed to be appealing to the more mature gentlemanan impression that was amplified by the croc loafers. The boots, on the other hand, in a leather described as "scorched," had a worn look that complemented the weight of wool jackets with welted seams or leather jackets that had been "tumbled" for effect. The color palette of black, bone, plum, petrol, and a blue-green that bordered on teal made for striking combinationsespecially when used in a tone-on-tone extravaganza of plum three-piece, shirt, and tie, with a big reversible nylon coat, also in plum, thrown over the lot.