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 red...is 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."
|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|
|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|