October 25, 2011 New York
The presentation was split into three vignettes, with the safari section being the high point. Noteworthy looks here included a crisp shirtdress layered over a brassy gold sequined pencil skirt, and a sharp linen jacket with epaulet accents. The ladylike, fifties-ish corner of the room featured tailored floral sheaths, peplum lace tops, and beaded ombré clutches, while the "Rio Romance" grouping included halter maxi dresses in bright coral shades or tribal prints. The menswear had a a similar vibe with madras jackets, full linen suits, and updated Dusty Bucks shoes. It was vibrant and fun, but overall Kneen is at his best when he sticks to the brand's utilitarian roots.