Wednesday, June 29, 2011



West 50th Street, NYC

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Missed (very) from opening New York's Fashion Week, the congenial and committed (cause-wise) Kenneth Cole and his team- showed a terrific line-up of on trend, wearable mix and match urban sleek separates- at the presentation for media types a few months back.
Kenneth Cole---the ideal model his own clothes we are sure he is sick of hearing that too.

Displayed on mannequins and racks- in a spacious setting at company headquarters---

Samrtly belted-the double breasted camel coat on right is a classic, layer friendly keeper
We actually like this format that allows us time---and even got there pronto. AND lucky us-we had a nice chat with the designer himself...

Handsome leather satchel---guys need to get rid of the giveaway from the past corporate junket and graduate to this as their gym/weekend hauler


Use of a lot of natural fabrics for Fall 2011-wool, cottons...
Color palette---autumnal tones---with some bold solid shades judiciously sprinkled  throughout...

Possible return to the main tent catwalk...(hopeful)...


We think the clean linear---- modern ensembles we saw are going to show up in a lot of those "get the look for less" print layouts---as we felt a Euro-chic vibe here with blessedly little reference to the 50's...but a nod to the 70's (we thought) in that we kept thinking of the posh sportswear and business wardrobe on  Faye Dunaway in the movie Network. Polished dresses, ensembles, pulled together---fitted, no sloppy, bagginess anywhere---and that includes men, mercifully.

No frou frou OR extraneous frills--- but minimalism that had us remembering our highly coveted Helmut Lang anything- from the 90's.
Double breasted jackets for men making a comeback...not just for master of the universe types

LOVED the fitted silhouettes--- and well designed for many body types IMHO.

Hail Navy Sailors----terrific overcoats...and that yellow dress is a welcome sunny shade paired with dark hose

Our fav-capelet with double buttons, epaulets...shown to perfection here

Anorak in lilac with ruching and a functional waist drawstring, a wide collar that snaps/ties closed-not typical but pretty

front pockets make this blazer worthy

easy to wear leather in a cognac brown

This shearling will work with just about everything---including a evening ball gown skirt....reminds us off Ric Owens

Wrap sweaters, knits dresses...slim but warm...cardigan jackets.
The outfit on the right=perfection, ruffled blousey knit top, ruched knit skirt with gatherings that flatter, not adding inches to the hips...long lean skirt length just below knee looks fresh-with high heel loafer style pumps

men get cozy to---this knit is slim and trim enough to work as a  jacket

Belted cable knit beyond chic

Blazers and suits for men---wear the jacket separately-with jeans and a tee- for a wardrobe that works as hard as you do.

Double breasted, slim fitted---the fabric is great---this blazer can also work with a pair of jeans

Guys---tucked in into hiking style lace-up boots. After last winter---practical as well as a casual fashion statement...with masculine  leather knapsacks--cool casual...urban haulers-

Military and utilitarian details-beted officer style coats---love the yellow pop of color particularly on the outwear.

High collar, wide belted officer's military coat for women

trenches- easy car coat length in a sunny yellow...worn open and belted, NICE STYLING HERE

Fake Fur is always preferred---we think this is a sophisticated look---and super warm too.

fake fur fun-and chic enough for evening wear-change the belt to a more blingy cincher



PLUS: Clutches, and satchels in leather with subtle hardware---

stacked platform pumps 

Boots and booties---laces  ups with cuffs

City takes on country kickers-shearling line....braided metal bracelets, cuff...and watches (reviewed else where).

Back of this dress-seams are so visually interesting and sexy- and makes this frock fabulous


Blazer/trousers on right would work at work in most settings

 Casual separates---

For that guy outta college and looking to get out of dormitory attire---Kenneth Cole Reaction is priced less that the main collection---but is all grown up just the same.