Monday, December 12, 2011


words/images Judith Ecochard

Kenneth Cole

We can't think of anyone in the fashion industry that gets more deserved acclaim for his philanthropic endeavors than Kenneth Cole---tireless endeavors since 1985...

He must be a master at time management too-considering his Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc continues to deliver very stylish contemporary collections (actually three of them)- in apparel, footwear and accessories. Among all the other things he has going on-including serving as a judge on the reality show-Project Accessory!

We got to the Kenneth Cole New York Spring 2012 media preview on the early side-and lucked out with a lengthy chat with lead designer, Ingo Wilts---a native a Germany-who clearly loves his new hometown-as this outing of well designed separates harks back to the company's urban heritage---

long blazer with shorts-contrast in lengths and fabric textures-and colors with black gladiator sandals

unstructured blazer-perfect weight for summer

As Wilts commented, "(the collection)...goes back to New York...and the Highline..."-now an iconic Big Apple park- and also a top destination for visitors.

"The whole idea of color-the white and the gray reflects the buildings next door (to the Highline)," Wilts added.

"The industrial...and nature," inspired the tonal palette and prints.

Victorian sleeves-nice twist in a classic white cotton blouse paired with a straight cut mini

some guys can rock this look-with sockless shoes


unstructured suede blazer -key piece

snake print pants-matches up with accessories group-pictured lower

"The the sun reflected off the buildings..."

pre-washed cotton shirt

this would be our uniform-switch up the tops and footwear for day to night occasions

perfectly made---quality is very high throughout the collection!

"Black is our heritage," Wilts pointed out...and realistically-probably the one shade that dominates everyone we know-entire wardrobe.

Plus-"..we love animal prints..."

love this shift dress in snake print-matches up with accessories group

Wilts also pointed out to us-"...the idea of working with contrasts..tight on the bottom...loose on top...a tight weave shown with an open weave...a short skirt with a long blazer."

back detail-the "KC" signature

"The greens...(are) nature at various stages of the year."

silk print

leather vest-with semi-transparent burnout top-

cute knickers with bold zips-edge-gets sophisticated-with motorcycle leather jacket

we love this-contrast of textures-matte and satiny shine-pulled together with leather belt

Ingo Wilts

cork, patent, snake-chic!

oversized clutch in textured leather-great shape and color

Accessories are terrific...

leather cap toe -bumped up sneakers

laser cut leather oversized handbag-in white one of our favs

winning collection of defining belts, roundish sunglasses, wedge, natural fiber materials, stacked platforms, satchels and oversized clutch

INFO: KennethCole