jenni kayne spring 2011 ready-to-wear review

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Jenni Kayne
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NEW YORK, September 13, 2010
By Alison Baenen
At Jenni Kayne, inspirations are never painted in broad strokes, so Spring’s road trip-themed collection didn’t actually look too theme-y. As Kayne explained a few days before her presentation, the fantasy girl taking the fantasy road trip starts out in a big city (say, Manhattan), hops into a vintage Mercedes, and ends up in Joshua Tree. Her clothes evolve as she moves from east to west, downtown to desert.

Color was a big part of the story, with the normally neutral-loving designer warming things up from cool blues (in a neat stripe) on the right coast to hibiscus and marigold on the left. The first look, a sheer blouse with simplified epaulets tucked into a mini adorned with matte white paillettes, was an ideal summer uniform: understated, crisp, and totally effortless. There was also a reinvented twinset, consisting of a reverse-stitched knit crop top worn under a slightly roomy cardigan. It looked perfect for those June nights when the air begins to cool. A short dolman jacket with oversize pockets was part of Kayne’s scheme for desert living, but it had the pared-down simplicity that urbanites (in, say, Manhattan) are currently going mad for.