September 10, 2011 New York
Kao did some Edward Scissorhands work of her own on a double cutout-shoulder striped number that had just a touch of sheerness to it. There was also a checkerboard knit dress and an ombré kimono trench in rip-stop fabric that called to mind the sunset scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, a favorite movie of the designer's.
Zooming in on accessories, stylist Catherine Baba slung multiple ostrich and leather mini rucksacks over the models' shoulders. And Kao created rose gold skeleton earrings and hand-painted "poison garden" charms. As a whole, it was a lot to take in. Like that crazy headgear, many of Kao's designs are less about everyday wear and more about creative appreciation.