NYFW SS13: Jen Kao’s Colorblock Haiku


Jen Kao, Spring/Summer 2013

We here at Inkbramble adore Jen Kao, who edged upon the New York Fashion Week scene in 2007 bearing a dreamy strength combined with a meticulous sense of craftsmanship. Her interests have been very diverse from season to season, though her default flavor seems tailor-made for the intrepid wanderers of the world – artfully casual and a little bit kooky, with occasional forays into dark mysticism.

For Spring 2013, Ms. Kao tapped an uncomplicated Japanese sensibility for her Haiku-inspired collection. Very conceptual, no, basing her collection on a Haiku poem? There’s nothing better than when designers start with a unique thought or abstract idea and manage to convey that through the clothes. Kao managed to pull it off with aplomb. There was an innocent, girlish sportiness about many of the clothes that captured the concise elegance of a haiku.

Kao cut her collection with deceptively simple, clean lines, playing upon triangular and chevron shapes in patchwork configurations to keep it all sharp. My favorite color story of Kao’s included her light blue denims paired with jade greens and burnt oranges – an unlikely combination that was well worth going out on a limb for.


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