February 08, 2014 New York
But Kayne is a modern designer whose aesthetic is rooted in nineties minimalism, so her interpretation of the idea was anything but fusty. For instance, a hunter green moto vest was styled over a button-up that was printed with tiny leaves, as well as a navy and green pullover. Those were paired with cropped black trousers and a lug-sole slingback in waxed leather. (The shoes, with their practical nylon laces, added just the right woodsy feeling.) The collection's standout print—a blown-up orange blossom—was a nod to Kayne's 1930s notions, whether used on a sharp collarless coat or a sleeveless floor-length gown. A dusty rose, which Kayne is calling "rosewood," also played a big role. A hidden-placket blouse with rolled sleeves was paired with single-pleat tapered trousers in the same shade for a new take on suiting. While Kayne sees fashion through the lens of a tomboy, the bias-cut gowns with handkerchief hems were ultrafeminine in that nineties-minimalist way.
Kayne and her team are eager to point out that her pricing is extremely competitive: There's always a gown for less than $1,000. And even her long, layer-able rabbit-fur vest hovers below that number. She's smart to be so price-conscious without going too down-market. Her pieces, particularly this collection, look like they're more than worth the cost of admission.