>> Jen Kao has quite the cult following and the list only seems to be growing: Ally Hilfiger was spotted sitting front and center in addition to Sarah Rutson, who went backstage to congratulate Kao after the show. For Fall 2011, the designer took us on a psychedelic adventure — quite the departure from her beachy Spring 2011 line — filled with vibrant fringe, aerial planetary prints, and multi-colored fur. “I think that appearance-wise, it might seem like an acid trip,” <a href=”http://blogs.wsj.com/runway/2011/02/15/jen-kao-presents-a-technicolor-reverie/ “>Kao told the WSJ</a>, post-show. “But I was inspired by finding images that were non-specific, whether they were underwater or space or something you can’t quite place.”
The collection was vibrant, as Kao experimented with rich hues of green, teal, blue, purple, orange, and yellow — along with more muted colors such as grey and ink. Sharp shouldered printed blazers, colored fringed dresses, iridescent flared pants, shimmering lurex leggings paired, and purple satin platform boots all eluded to a Ziggy Stardust — David Bowie was party of the runway soundtrack — meets Avatar vibe. Furthermore, stylist Keegan Singh finished off the looks with gold eyebrows, funky satin platform boots, and peacock fingertips. “I think it’s a really fine line, especially with this collection,” said Kao. “I wanted to be as fun and as free as I could be, but if I have one weakness, it’s figuring out what to edit.” And the fun didn’t stop there: Kao’s after party at the Bowery Hotel kept everyone on the same cerebral wavelength with face-painting and even a bounce house.