Kenneth Cole New York
September 08, 2005 New York
Just like his film, Cole's presentation could have done with a firm editfewer looks, at a faster pace, would have got his fashion message across more efficiently. He kicked things off with a great pair of full trousers, topped with a high waist and wide belt that reappeared on pencil skirts, knee-length pants, and blouson shorts. Elsewhere, he riffed on American classics: cropping a leather trench above the hips, adding a playful ruffle to a wrap dress, and cutting a jacket in a utilitarian paper-nylon material that shined like taffeta. No-frills jersey was pleated and smocked into tops as comfy as an old T-shirt, but still plenty chic. As for the crinkled-chiffon dresses worn with ballet flats that closed the show, they came in colors luscious enough to make his customers forget entirely about last season's triumphant return of basic, head-to-toe black.