jenni kayne fashion designer review March 2005 LA fashion
 Jenni Kayne    LA Fashion Week March 2005
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As in seasons past, Jenni's show drew a packed house of fashionistas, rockstars and wannabe admirers.  Grunge royalty dominated the front row and ogled the lithe models as Jenni taught the class how pretty vintage themes could rock the house.  Familiar themes of bespoke suiting, languid proportions and restrained luxe have become a brand signature and naturally opened the show.  New this time was a pretty sweetness and A-line silhouettes that ventured further from the body.  A green beaded fabric worked beautifully as urbane apron tops but earned

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geek-demerits as a gathered dress.  A little Miu Miu and a touch of Marc Jacobs to thank, perhaps?

Always gorgeous are the innovative knits, mostly in cashmere and worn as day-to-evening layers.  Military looks and boyfriend jackets impressed the crowd, as did her navy knife-pleat dress in the finale with olive rabbit stole.  As proposed in the liner notes, the Jenni Kayne customer believes fur is always a good idea, sequins are delightful at lunch and white looks more beautiful in winter.

Perhaps this renegade attitude inspired a reaction of its own, as longtime supporter Anthony Kedis attempted to pass backstage without credentials and faced-off with Smashbox security.  Notwithstanding a dramatic stripshow to reveal his legendary tattoos, the crew still would not release him and a virtual Grammy Awards brawl provided the show's glittering finale.

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Review written by Debra Stevenson & Photographs by Carlos Alberto


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