JENNIE KAYNE - LA Fashion Week October 2004

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When rocker Anthony Kiedis agrees to hand out CD's at your runway show, you can bet A-listers like Rose McGowan, Lisa Reina, Robert Downey Jr. and hairdresser guru Jonathan will fill the front rows.  Top that with sponsors like Estee Lauder, Fred Segal Beauty and Faberge and you can really kick it up a notch. Without a doubt, the production value of Jennie Kayne's show was phenomenal.  She's come a long way since her debut at the GenArt group show.

Citing The Great Gadsby as her inspiration, this designer offered up a gargantuan collection of modern suitings, celebratory dresses and laid-back evening looks that referenced a pre-war spirit of privilege and irreverence.  This in-your-face attitude was evident as wispy models boldly took the catwalk in ladylike organza ruffle blouses, white pencil skirts and full-sleeve tattoos covering their arms.  It was like Bel Aire lawn-party meets Sunset Boulevard with a serious twist.

Although silhouettes were somewhat more controlled this season, Kayne played with favorite blousy proportions including signature man-tailored suits with long drapey smocks underneath.  The best of these were beaded and drop-dead gorgeous.  Pants are her forte, with precision-fit and expert detailing.  Cashmere ballet sweaters and kimono hoodies formed the base of an outstanding knitwear program and a neutral palette of white, dove grey and silver proves that classic can be edgy.  This young stylist caters effortlessly to a new crop of Young Hollywood Royals.

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Review written by Debra Stevenson & Photographs by Carlos Alberto

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