Jenni Kayne Reinterprets an English Gentleman’s Wardrobe for Fall

For Fall 2012, Jenni Kayne toned down her punchy, prepster aesthetic with a colorful collection inspired by the English countryside.

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Catherine Blair Pfander
While the collection was unmistakably Kayne--from the extra-long dress lengths to the easy, oversized proportions of her outerwear pieces—it felt slightly more retrained compared to her most recent resort and pre-fall collections, both of which incorporated ultra-bright colors and flashier prints.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
Held in an elegantly appointed parlour in the Chatwal Hotel, designer Jenni Kayne unveiled a British-inspired Fall '12 collection that was as prim and polished as her venue.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
Flanked on one side by racks of fresh samples (not to mention a blazing fireplace -- likely a Fashion Week first), attendees had the chance to paw through the collection while models strutted out in choice looks.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
While the collection was unmistakably Kayne -- from the extra-long dress lengths to the easy, oversize proportions of her outerwear pieces — it felt slightly more retrained compared to her recent resort and pre-fall collections, both of which incorporated ultra-bright colors and flashier prints.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
"Fall was inspired by the English countryside, and the notion of a gentleman's hunting wardrobe," Kayne told us at the presentation. "So menswear was important, but done in a more feminine, cool way." Here, a menswear-inspired wool boucle coat incorporates shimmery metallic details.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
Her sophisticated suiting options were also highlights of the fall season -- in particular a nubby charcoal hunting jacket and matching trouser, given a dose of Kayne's signature California-girl cool with the addition of an emerald green turtleneck.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
The collection may have felt a tad more serious than seasons past, but that didn't stop Kayne from incorporating splashes of super-saturated color. Here, a preppy khaki suit was given a modern upgrade with a bold chartreuse blouse.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
In general, Kayne's separates have an effortless mix-and-match appeal, from the brightly-colored blouses to the slouchy knits and perfectly-proportioned blazers. Yet she still knows how to knock it of the park with a single, statement-making gown, and for fall that was hands-down the emerald floral print gown, which featured a silky placard and semi-sheer bodice.
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"Our last delivery is completely black and white," says Kayne. "To me, that's just what girls want to wear in the evening." Luxurious textures like metallic wool, rabbit fur and fluttery feather jackets felt elegant and fun.
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Here, a model sports the snow white feather skirt and matching angora sweater (finished with dainty pearl buttons at the neck) from Kayne's third fall delivery.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
Devotees of Kayne's ultra-chic d'Orsay slippers will relish their new suede and velvet iterations for fall, which were finished with whip-stitch detailing along the seams.
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