The meaning of the short film featuring Rachel Dratch and Alan Cumming that was screened before the Kenneth Cole show was clear: in a world where life is mostly viewed through a cadre of lenses where the subject has full directorial control, what's real and what's fake? What maybe was not so clear was the connection that film had to the beautiful collection that was to follow.
The collection was called "Urban Gypsy" and lived up to its name. Models trotted out in boots and hard, thick soled heels topped by black straight-legged pants layered under beautifully languid wrap skirts. The looks for the women's collection continued to shine with their menswear inspirations - pinstripes here, strict tailoring there - though they were largely only available in a palette of neutral black and white. The juxtaposition of the flowy – oversized, draped sweater collars included – and the sharp – a symmetrically zipped leather moto jacket for example – embody the theme perfectly while a bold set of reds - garnet, chili and port among them – punch up the collection.
For men, there too were boots, as well as urbane influences. Sneakers and backpacks allowed street wear vibes to trickle in while Cole brought a modern spin to certain pieces like a duffle-cum-backpack.