September 07, 2012 New York
Rip-stop judo jackets and pants came accented with rubberized mesh that glowed in the dark, for example, and a simple shift dress was cut from Latex-bonded jersey that's typically used for athletic compression braces. Kao further nodded to Japanese culture with the stacked wooden geta sandals that the models expertly clomped around in, as well as block-print T-shirts portraying "en masse manta ray migrations" (sounds weird, looked cool). The finale look—a camouflage denim utility jacket with bungee-cord trim and matching jeans—was ultimately the most covetable here. While it was also the most trendy moment this season, it was still distinctly Kao's.