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9/15/11
SundayArts Fashion: Jen Kao Spring 2012
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SundayArts first caught up with designer Jen Kao in February when she unveiled her collection for Fall 2011 at Lincoln Center. The young designer featured fringe accents and avant-garde accessories like wedge boots and filigree jewelry. Her inspiration started with the song “Ashes to Ashes,” by David Bowie, and from there, prints inspired by NASA aerial photography delivered a collection of ethereal glam.

For Spring 2012, her poetic show notes painted a picture of streetwear inspired by “The Poison Garden” and a blend of American style with world cultures. Kao’s color scheme is culled from sunrises and sunsets, and signature graphic prints like the “toxic lei” lend to her vision of “an uncontainable atmosphere of intoxicating plants, thermal haze… and the creatures that evolve within.”

Accents of artful paper constructions, rose gold jewelry and sporty footwear topped off the dreamy dawn-dusk botanical tableau.

Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 looks by Jen Kao:

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.