15 posts tagged "Jenni Kayne"
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WHO: Jenni Kayne
WHERE: New York, NY
WHEN: Friday, February 8
WHAT: “All about the mix: sporty separates, JK blazers & tuxedo jackets. Clean classic shapes get gilded w/ paisley brocades, lamé, hardware & Lurex.” —Jenni Kayne. The designer sent us a shot of her inspiration board, above.
“Apparently, girls really like lips,” says Decade Diary blogger and artist Bernadette Pascua. “I posted an illustration of puckered lipstick [marks] on my site and I didn’t anticipate how many girls would go crazy for it.” One of those fans was Pascua’s longtime friend, accessories designer Lizzie Fortunato. “I wanted to do something fun and pop-y for my spring collection,” says Fortunato. “And when I saw the lips, it just made sense.” The two girls cooked up a ten-piece capsule of totes, pouches, and clutches entitled Super Nana (French for “beach babe”). “I was in a tropical mood,” says Pascua. Apparently, the artist brainstormed by painting watercolors of everything from pineapples to flamingos. “The ideas were one after the next,” adds Fortunato, who also recently collaborated on a pre-fall accessories capsule with Jenni Kayne. Available at Kirna Zabete next week, the collection features leather and canvas bags that have been hand-embroidered and printed with Pascua’s illustrations. Ranging from $125 to $500, the bags are cleverly embellished with bananas, Peruvian palm trees, plumeria florals and, of course, pink and red lips.
Super Nana will be available at Kirna Zabete from next week.
We’ve seen eighty-plus collections (and counting) since the pre-fall season began in November. But it’s not just about the ready-to-wear. Case in point? Lizzie Fortunato’s capsule jewelry collection for California-based designer Jenni Kayne. “I’m such a fan of Jenni Kayne’s classic tailored sportswear, and I really tried to channel her streamlined yet statement aesthetic,” Fortunato told Style.com. A series of hand-soldered multistrand metallic chain necklaces and bracelets were just the right accents for Kayne’s that’s-so-nineties wares. Kayne’s favorite piece, however, is a belt with a grosgrain ribbon closure (above). “The pieces complement the collection and add that tough edge that the clothes wanted,” Kayne said. The baubles, which range from $336 to $575, will be available in June at Jenni Kayne’s Brentwood and West Hollywood flagships.
Memorial Day weekend is finally a few days away, and although I wear white year-round, including during the winter, I especially can’t resist buying new white pieces for summer. It’s my go-to color for warm weather. One of my favorites in my wardrobe is a cotton dress from Jenni Kayne Spring ’11—I’ve worn it over and over again. But every year I add a couple of new summer white pieces to my collection. Earlier this year, during Milan fashion week, I was lucky enough to find a great full-skirted Alaïa number at the Corso Como outlet for a bargain, but besides that, I have yet to find the perfect new additions for this summer—until now. Here are a few items I have my eyes on.
From the top left: Acne Lucille denim dress, $353, available at www.mytheresa.com; Proenza Schouler sleeveless belted shirtdress, $850, available at www.kirnazabete.com; Diego Dolcini flat sandals, price on request, available at www.diegodolcini.it; Mother Runaway skinny flare jeans, $196, available at www.shopbop.com; Lanvin two-tone minaudière, $2,390, available at www.barneys.com.
Since opening her first stand-alone store in West Hollywood five years ago, Jenni Kayne has been steadily managing the strategic growth of her eponymous label. With that growth comes expansion, in the shape of her second retail outpost on the Westside of L.A. Affected by the city’s pervasive driving culture, Kayne sensed an unavoidable need. “I love the Westside, and I feel like we have a different clientele over there that doesn’t come over to the West Hollywood store,” Kayne told Style.com. And the opening seems to come at the perfect time. “When I opened Almont [her first store], I wanted it to be successful and happen organically and give that store all of my attention. I really feel the same way about Brentwood. It’s the right time to really focus on it.”
Situated in the picturesque—and paparazzi-heavy—Brentwood Country Mart, the 1,200-square-foot space features a design play that is cohesive with Kayne’s casual-luxe appeal. “I wanted the store to be in line with the Country Mart’s aesthetic, but I wanted it to feel a little bit more whitewashed since it’s closer to the beach.” How did the designer’s California-bred brand of easy elegance translate? “I wanted it to feel similar and clean but have its own identity at the same time.” Her sorbet-hued Spring collection and rainbow palette of d’Orsay flats strike a perfect contrast against the whitewashed walls, brass fixtures, and bamboo wood paneling that runs the length of the store. The new space also features a heavier mix of accessories—including Proenza Schouler bags. “We’re looking to really grow into other designers, too, but I wanted to start really small.” The theme of growth continues with talks of where a third store may open (Santa Barbara and San Francisco sound appealing) and how her latest collection is progressing. Naturally, “very California” is how she’d describe it.
Jenni Kayne, 225 26th St., #30B, Santa Monica, CA.