In her own words, Jenni Kayne’s pre-fall collection was about “a more refreshing take on nature, which is very much how I live in the summer,” she said. “The idea is grabbing shelter under the trees, being by the fire with your friends or hiking on your own.” Maybe hiking to the nearest farmer’s market. After a walk-through of the collection, it was obvious that Kayne is more of a glamper than a camper. The sexy/sweet look of fresh, lingerie-inspired slipdresses, crop tops and shorts paired with checked flannel shirts was the stuff of a pampered country home existence. Set it in the city and it took on a stylish, Nineties vibe.
There was a lot to work with in terms of casual summer chic: cropped utility jackets and high-wasted twill shorts and pants with horn-like buttons, all done in navy, white and Army green. There were striped knit T-shirts and T-shirt dresses, a polka dot blouse and skirt and elevated sweats, all of it sprung from slightly preppy classics updated for a current, worn-in attitude.