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11 posts tagged "Jen Kao"

A Very Global Christmas

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It’s almost here! The cookies are frosted and the presents are under the tree. But before heading off for the holidays, I asked a few friends from fashion capitols around the world to say Merry Christmas in their native tongues. Here, designers (Jen Kao, Vika Gazinskaya, and Michelle Elie), bloggers (Susie Bubble and Garance Doré), stylist Giovanna Battaglia, and Barneys’ senior fashion director Tomoko Ogura, wish Style.com and our readers a happy holiday season. Feliz Natal e um próspero ano novo to everyone!

Designer Diary: Jen Kao’s Postcard From The London Olympics

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Though her September fashion week show in New York is just around the corner, designer Jen Kao (pictured, above) set some time aside to jet to London with her family for the Games. In between tennis matches, gymnastic finals, and a trip to the countryside to take in some of England’s most iconic sights (including the set location for Downtown Abbey, Highclere), Kao documented her trip and shared it with Style.com. Here, Kao’s dispatch from London town.

If it sounds insane that I raced to the Olympics four weeks out from my Spring 2013 show, it’s because it is. But there are few things I find as awe-inspiring as this rare, positive global human spirit and phenomenal performance of athleticism. Day one was full-on tennis at Wimbledon. Tennis is a personal favorite, having played on my high school team (I admittedly had a moment of nostalgia for my first un-pleated jersey tennis skirt). The next morning, I subconsciously dressed to support Team U.S.A. Gymnastics, à la Comme des Garçons x Matt Groening. At North Greenwich Arena, I cheered for the phenomenal McKayla Maroney in the women’s vault finals. In between various games, I spent a little time running around Regent Street and Piccadilly with my mother. We had some fun snapping shots of the fantastic Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton boutique window displays and I managed a little run-by shopping at Dover Street Market—so much Comme, so little time. We also took a break from the Olympics one day and headed to the countryside to check out landmark stops like Windsor Castle, Highclere (the set location for Downtown Abbey and the home of the late great Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb and was allegedly killed by the Curse of King Tut), Stonehenge, Bath, and Oxford. Though this diary ends here, my fanfare at the Games will continue for a few more days. Go Team U.S.A.!


At Wimbledon to support the sister duo Venus and Serena Williams.


Watching the gymnastics finals at North Greenwich Arena.


Kao in front of the Yayoi Kusuma x Louis Vuitton window display.


The designer and her family took a break from the Games for the day and headed to the countryside.

Photos: Jen Kao

On Our Radar: Noir Jewelry earrings

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My obsession with earrings as of late doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon. I started slowly, first experimenting with the trend with the Repossi Berbere earring or my Ca & Lou custom piece. Later, I felt more confident and “upgraded” to bolder and bigger pieces, like these Tory Burch and Jen Kao pieces featured in my recent Red Carpet Jewelry feature. At a Noir Jewelry appointment this week, I fell in love with a new shape that looks like it crosses your ears, from the front to the back (pictured). It comes in white or black pavé crystals and looks pretty cool on! It has a bit of an edge to it and doesn’t look precious despite the shine of the gems. And this morning at the Lanvin Resort presentation, I spotted one of the models wearing a different style of earring in each ear. Apparently, Alber likes to mix and match earring styles, or have a girl wear only one earring at a time. Not sure I’m ready for that just yet, but who knows, in a couple of months I will probably try the Alber way and I promise to report back on how it goes.

Noir Jewelry pavé crystal earrings, $250, similar styles are available at www.noirjewelry.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Noir Jewelry

Kao, Paper, Scissors

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Paper-Cut-Project designers Nikki Salk and Amy Flurry bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “look good on paper.” The Atlanta-based duo has designed paper art pieces for the likes of Hermès and Cartier, and tomorrow their elaborate creations will accessorize the looks on the runway at Jen Kao.

“It’s a weird kismet,” Kao tells Style.com. “Right after my last season, I was thinking about doing a paper-inspired collection, and the next day, out of the blue, I got a postcard from them about possibly collaborating.”

Salk and Flurry then went to work laboring on the pieces to add a bit of fantasy to Kao’s “streetwear-inspired” collection. “My collection is a balance between beautiful and enticing and dangerous,” Kao says. Tomorrow, watch for paper headdresses and a shoulder cage made with Bristol paper, glue, and an X-Acto knife, that’s it. “I have been working on one piece for two weeks, it’s insane,” Flurry says. “These are taking that long, yes, but the end result is crazy beautiful and it drives us to do what we do.”

Even the paper cuts don’t stop these two. “Yes, I have several,” Flurry says, laughing. “More than paper cuts, you get a callus because of working with an X-Acto knife.” Well, pain is beauty, right?

Photos: Courtesy of Paper-Cut-Project

Ask The Experts:
What Are You Snapping Up This Summer?

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For our latest Shopping Guide, senior market editor Marina Larroude asked a fresh round of style insiders for their ultimate summer picks. This season, designers Eugenie Niarchos, Sara Battaglia, and Jen Kao, stylist Catherine Baba, models Caroline Brasch Nielsen and Alexandra Richards, editors Victoria Young (of Love), Julia Sarr-Jamois (of Wonderland), and Miroslava Duma, and consultant Ramya Giangola fill us in on the Tom Ford cat-eyes, Dries Van Noten kimonos, crochet bikinis, and Louis Vuitton fans they can’t do without—plus a few occasionally surprising details about themselves.

Who drinks almond milk and vodka when the thermostat climbs? Who counts Nancy Reagan as an early style icon? Read on for more.

Click here to visit the Summer Shopping Guide >

Above, left to right: Victoria Young, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Julia Sarr-Jamois, Catherine Baba, and Caroline Sieber, all shot by Tommy Ton.

Photos: Tommy Ton