September 13, 2005
Jenni Kayne brought her spring collection from her native L.A. to New York in an effort, she said, "to be taken more seriously." The clothes had a more focused look than her previous efforts, in part because she staged a well-edited presentation of just 16 looks rather than a star-studded fashion show. As the familiar saying goes, though, you can take the girl out of California, but you can't take California out of the girl. Inspired by seventies beach club culture, she started with a U-neck, long jersey dress, and from there matched smart knits with lovely lace skirts and of-the-moment cuffed shorts. A fitted blazer and cropped trousers in tweed, along with a bronze sequin apron dress, gave a nod to the show's cosmopolitan location, but most of the colors had a warm, beachy feel: navy, white, sandy beige, and sunny yellow.