September 08, 2010 New York
Kao all but tossed her body-con reputation out the window with these dreamy and crafty looks, finished with dangling silver earrings, macramé foot wraps in lieu of shoes, and back-combed hair that looked clotted with salt. But the designer grounded the dusty pale crocheted knits and billowy silks in reality with measured doses of tailoring and structure. A natty white blazer was shown over an organza dress. A standout gown in various rosy sandstone hues had a fully structured bustier from which hung a fluid silk skirt.
Though it seemed to venture further than ever from her established oeuvre, Kao pronounced the collection "the most me I've been." Mr. Right might be a mere figment, but sometimes reality can be just as exciting, like this solid push forward from a young designer.