Who: Jen Kao
What: A mix of fluid draping and architectural visual elements; sophisticated knits and leather pieces with a slightly bohemian vibe; subtly sexy cutouts and draping; easy dramatics.
Why: Raised in Kansas, Jen Kao headed east in 1999 to attend NYU, later melding her love for fine art and textile construction by getting a fashion design degree from Parsons. Even though her clothes are undeniably sexy, they are not overtly so. Instead, they remain flirty, comfortable, accessible, and easy to wear — a perfect combination for the jet-setting insouciant. Kao herself has traveled quite a bit and cites her voyages as constant inspiration. We can't wait to see where she goes (and what she creates) this season.