Kenneth Cole New York
February 02, 2006 New York
Once the show proper got underway, though, Cole mostly stuck to what he does best: translating the prevailing moods for the aspirational masses. For fall, that means a slim silhouette of cropped jackets topping tweedy pencil skirts or lean double-breasted blazers and safari jackets over high-waist trousers. The most desirable sweater was a belted cable-knit cardigan. Suit-dressing may have been embraced by the fashion-forward crowd, but Cole's customers still love a dress, and this season, like last, he whipped up a group of blousy silk chiffon numbers. Despite their Crayola colors, they will be easier to wear than the models-only, drapey silk jersey styles in shades of gray that closed the show. More forgiving were a pair of sashed velvet wrap dresses. The latter came in a peat green that matched one of the collection's highlights, a full-skirt trench that would be a bargain at any price.