Jen Kao S/S 12

New York: Up and coming designer Jen Kao is continuing to build a buzz as recognition for her edgy yet whimsical designs, consistently serving up enough fashion forward gutsiness to impress the downtown crowd yet maintaining an appealing femininity about her clothes. This season was a psychedelic mashup homage to Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet as flowing romantic pieces were given a twisted 90s edge with prints that morphed from florals to stripes to ombre in a single garment. A wealth of cutouts adorned everything from knit tops to pants, revealing slight glimpses of the body, while boldly hued silks had an alluring, airy movement to them that elegantly complimented the intricately sculptural wrist and headpieces.  —Shannon Davenport

Silhouette: Bodycon / Fluted / Flowy

Color: Egret / Lavender / Seafoam green / Sand / Cornflower blue / Black / Dusty rose / Tangerine / Royal purple

Key Items: Open kimono / Skater skirts / Asymmetrical hem skirts / Cutout dress / Printed maxi / Boxy cropped tees / Corset top dress / Printed shirt and shorts set

Materials: Wool / Crochet knits / Printed silks / Mesh / Lightweight jersey

Details + Trim: Asymmetrical hems / Clustered jewel embellishments / Boning and corsetry / Embroidery / Cutouts

Accessories + Footwear: Chunky collar necklaces / Multicolored charm bracelets / Long strap satchels / High top sneakers / Printed pumps

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