Runway Spring / Summer 2014
Set within the breathtaking Skylight at Moynihan Station, Jen Kao’s Hound & Hare was a playful exchange between the strong, almost masculine, looks that opened the show and the softer, more feminine, pieces that closed it. Throughout, we find the hound represented by the work-wear inspired sturdy denim pieces, the towering mules and woven raffia, while the hare manifested in such items as the wispy georgette sheath dress – gussied up with a pretty dahlia print picked up in a silk cotton dévoré – and the airy black crêpe de chine pants that floated down the runway (seriously they floated, just watch).
Kao’s metaphor extended beyond merely the clothes however, coming to life in the tresses of the models that swayed to the same pace as the hounds that trotted down the runway beside them. The setting then, a simulacrum of the hare, which flitted about in the soft filtered lighting, rustling gently as a cool breeze amongst the suspended curtains that swayed ever so gently overhead. If we had to describe the show with just one word, it would be “refreshing”.
And, as it bears repeating, did we mention there were puppies!?
Jen Kao Spring / Summer 2014 Runway, photographed by G K Lee at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York on Saturday September 7th, 2013.