Jenni Kayne, is married and has two french bulldogs. She recently opened her first boutique and has been selling her clothing to the major department stores since showing her first collection, in 2003. You might be surprised to hear, given those accomplishments, that Kayne is a mere 25 years old. Although it doesn't dictate her brand, her age is an indication of the designers ruthless ambition and, in fashion, that means staying power. The Kayne look is one of cool glamour. Her collections reveal a mature ladylike aesthetic that is, however stately, not inappropriate to be worn by a twenty-something. In fact, the look is reminiscent of the way young women used to dress, when maturity and poise were attributes young women aspired to convey in their wardrobe. This dichotomy is only fitting for the designer who showed her first collection at age 19. For Kayne's Fall 08 collection we've been given fur and leopard prints, navy and black houndstooth blazers (oh my, oh my) and floor dusting knit dresses and wool trousers.
Psst, that's our girl Lauren Hanawalt, with Elite Model Management (top left). See her in our Brace Yourself shoot.