Image from Jen Kao Facebook, Photography by Morgan O’Donovan

Jen Kao is a young designer making her mark after her labels launch in 2007 with her in depth insight to the modern woman her collections are a beautiful reinvention of classics. This Los Angeles born designer moved to New York where the divine conception of Kao’s love for fashion begun with her studies of Studio Art at NYU. Her fluid draping and fabric experimentation in her Spring Summer 2014 RTW collection is a testament to her induction into the CFDA in 2011. With a groovy 70’s theme vibrating through her Hound and Hare collection, with three shaggy chic Afghan hound walking the runway with the models to literally put the Hound into her collection, and who doesn’t love a stylish puppy on the runway? In Daily Metal Kao expressed the stroke of genius for the exciting detail on the runway “after doing hair we were like, we need to get Afghan hounds for the show.”With a beautiful backdrop at the Skylight Studios at Moynihan Station on September 7, 2013 in New York City, that created a soft light to set a serene atmosphere for the Spring Summer Collection.


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Miss Kao plays with motif of the fashion for the women in the 70’s era, as the opening ensemble was a frayed denim skirt and rolled up sleeve denim shirt paired with white mules and circular white frames, the rest of the collection followed the free spirited nostalgia showing more towering mules, 70’s plaid and subtle floral patterns.


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Calling all Marcia Brady fans, Kao’s hair echoed the Marcia look and was consistent throughout the show, along with the natural palette for the models faces. As Kao told Michelle O. Dente for“we were looking for a free-spirited, free-willing type of girl” this vision created an overall refreshing look on the New York Fashion Week runway.

Images from The Greyest Ghost, Photography by Rachel Scroggins

With retro inspired designs walking the runway there were pieces that had deep V’s and soft floral patterns. Each piece was part of a full ensemble that can be paired with any modern woman’s wardrobe basics. A stand-out piece was a Spring themed dress embodied with blue and white tasselled mules, showcasing a delicate embroidered pattern, that Kao explained to is the “children’s book hero Bunnicula, the vegetable-sucking vampire bunny, in case you weren’t a fan.”


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The looks cascaded into the magical whimsy of the 60’s and 70’s highlighting Kao’s skill to create a modern influence on the collections theme and her understanding of different fabrication. The Afghan hounds walked next to the models dressed in chiffon free flowing dresses in synchronization.


Image from NovastylePhotography by G K Lee


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Continue to follow Jen Kao’s journey into a fashion history via Facebook or read more about her collections and inspirations at her website.

Fashion Writer: Aicha Robertson
Editor: Florence Bailey