>> Everyone knows this girl: The girl who can pile on the most random assortment of pieces and still manage to look amazingly cool. A vintage dress, cowboy boots, an odd little cap — somehow, it works. It was this kind of irreverent spirit that Jen Kao riffed on for Fall 2012. The designer tapped a seemingly endless supply of influences — the Far East, Western, Military, a bit of '20s — and strung it all together with leather, crochet, plaid, dip-dyed lace, and fringe. It made for an intriguing assortment and — at its most successful — managed to capture that elusive, freewheeling spirit with utter ease.
Jen Kao Fall 2012