style.com: Jenni Kayne Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
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NEW YORK, September 5, 2008
By Alison Baenen
Jenni Kayne kept things easy for Spring—understandable for a young woman about to give birth to her first child. But that doesn’t mean she was about to give up on elegance. Scouring the annals of eighties and nineties power dressing, she skipped the shoulder pads but captured the mood with boxy tanks and splashes of acid hues. A surprisingly lightweight tube mini awash in gold paillettes looked fresh paired with a denim chambray button-front shirt cinched with a leather belt, and a black linen bandeau worn under a must-have deep-V cardigan was a nice alternative to a camisole or a tee. Kayne, who missed the presentation in anticipation of her due date, may not have been designing with the average first-time mom in mind: Most of them put the bandeaux and minis on hiatus around the time of their last girls’ night out. But the mostly effortless pieces she showed should be welcome in the closet of any unfettered young woman with time on her hands to devote to the pursuit of chic.