The notion of contrasting masculine and feminine, soft and hard, crops up regularly in fashion. But far more rare is for the whole idea to be given a new and interesting spin. Jen Kao’s fall 2013 collection – partly inspired by the grittiness of traditional workwear, wholly lifted up by the addition of heavy femme fatale makeup – gave it just that. Imagine a film noir vixen in an outfit reconstructed from a denim boiler suit, and you’re on the right track.
Kao’s mix of grit and glamour brought patchworks of denim, clashes of texture from fur to patent leather, and nonchalant oversized cuts into the cooler season. Black and white dalmatian pieces put the name Cruella Deville on every spectator’s tongue, and capping it all off – ’40s noir references well in tact – were floating silk pieces with thin straps and thigh slits. If those are what Kao’s brand of effortlessness translates to come nightfall, we’ll be more than happy to see more of it next season.
You can see all of the Jen Kao autumn (fall) / winter 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree