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Brief Published: 13 Sep 2011

NYFW: Jen Kao Mixes It Up


American designer Jen Kao injected some experimental playfulness into New York Fashion Week, presenting a traveller-inspired collection for Spring/Summer 2012. Tie-dye, batik and geometric prints were offered alongside khaki and tan separates for a layered, nomadic aesthetic.

Kao worked with Atlanta-based Nikki Salk and Amy Flurry of Paper-Cut-Project on avant-garde 3D headpieces and masks, which gave the collection a sense of tribal intrigue and drama. An interesting contrast to the structured, put-together looks NYFW is known for, Kao’s collection provided a sense of escapism more often associated with the emerging talent at the edgier London Fashion Week.

New York Fashion Week runs until September 15 2011.

Jen Kao