February 08, 2013 New York
The references made sense, but not too literally. For Bianca, there were Studio 54-appropriate cummerbunds in black and white silk, and a long black dress with a V-neck to the waist. For Naomi and co., Kayne brought back her first-ever leopard print, a more abstract version than the other animal prints we've seen this week.
There were mules, too, and a kitten-heel version of Kayne's popular d'Orsay flat. The shoe is the designer's first real success in brand extensions, and it's easy to see why. Practical and elegant shoes are quicker to come by than they used to be, but still nowhere near easy.
One element we could have done without? An acid green and black paisley print Kayne drew herself. While it wasn't ugly, it did look a little more like a dragon head than paisley and didn't really mesh with the rest of the collection.
A strapless silk dress in hunter green silk shantung layered over cropped cigarette pants in the same color was the star of the show and could work well in either of Kayne's preferred decades. Or now. Because, after all, Kayne designs first for a modern woman, not an idea.