style.com: Jenni Kayne Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear review
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NEW YORK, February 10, 2011
By Alison Baenen
A few weeks away from being a mom for the second time, Jenni Kayne stayed put on the West Coast for this collection. Her inspiration, however, was rooted in memories of East Coast weekends past—about two decades past, as Kayne acknowledged during a phone call from L.A. the day before her show. “The nineties have been leading me lately,” she said. The show notes referenced Singles (swoon, Matt Dillon) and a country retreat with your girlfriends; the shift dresses and chunky knits on view would make the perfect cozy-chic gear for just such an escape. Saturated colors—turquoise, fuchsia, and a lovey deep marigold—made the simple silhouettes pop. Texture play, like a densely cabled sweater over a floor-sweeping bias-cut silk skirt, felt familiar but looked compelling nonetheless. A thigh-grazing black frock hemmed in feathers, worn with a boxy tuxedo jacket, might not be girls’-country-weekend fare, but it would be a great hit at a cocktail party, whatever the decade.