What is real? That was the question posed in the highly amusing video that introduced today's Kenneth Cole Collection
show. In the video, Alan Cumming and Rachel Dratch trade texts, Instagrams, and tweets, making out the unbelievable—and, indeed, totally fake—awesomeness of their lives. And so, what is
real? Well, pinstripes are real, on the evidence of both the men's and women's Kenneth Cole collections. Also, hats for the ladies, and leather backpacks for the men. The colors black, white, gray, burgundy, and red? Real. Of course, it's a bit silly asking the question "what is real?" regarding fashion—the whole industry runs on artifice. And not in a bad way, but in the kind of way that gets Kenneth Cole to produce highly studied effects of nonchalance with his clothes—purposefully ersatz layers and long, wafting dresses worn over pants, and so on. Cole's vision of urban nomads wasn't authentic, but for the Kenneth Cole customer it ought to prove convincing, and at the end of the day, that is the point. The tweeds here looked particularly good, as did the natty neoprene outerwear for men and the printed calf-hair looks for women. There were lots of individually appealing pieces, in fact, and the accessories looked very sharp this season. Real enough, you might say.