September 07, 2013 New York
Good vibrations aside, Kao focused on versatility, designing pieces she envisioned the wearer being able to personalize. This meant the long black apron skirt Kao was wearing—a plaid version of which appeared on the runway with a fluttering white silk dévoré overlay—was actually a dress. Though everything else seemed to be worn as it was originally intended, you could see how the unstructured dresses could just as easily transform into skirts. The collection's one unabashedly sexy moment was a brief, two-look window that had absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the clothes. But what a window! Kao embroidered children's book hero Bunnicula (the vegetable-sucking vampire bunny, in case you weren't a fan) on a miniskirt and a tiny peekaboo tank dress. And then, just like that, we were back. A wispy georgette sheath dress—gussied up with a pretty dahlia print that was picked up in a silk cotton dévoré—and roomy black pants with ample pockets in washed crepe de chine seemed to float down the runway. It may have been the calm pace, filtered light, and the gentle breeze of many fans, but this collection felt like a breath of fresh air.