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Our painted moto has all the traits required of a perfect leather jacket—versatile yet distinctive style, edgy detailing and, above all, an effortlessly cool look. But as we learned from David, our assistant men’s knit and sweater designer who hand-painted this leather jacket in a Brooklyn art studio, a lot of effort went into crafting it. He takes us through the creation cycle, from inspiration to finished product, and explains how to wear it like a boss.
“While painting this jacket, I was inspired by the classic 1950’s biker. The man who wore his leather jacket daily as if it were another layer of skin, who wasn’t worried about getting his hands dirty. I was thinking of grease-covered, paint-splattered, worn-and-torn jackets that stood the test of time and wear. Made of buffed nappa leather, this jacket features topstitching and industrial zippers and hardware. I used an airbrush technique to give it a slightly faded, worn look. Then, using hand-brush techniques, I painted the seams and edges to further the worn-in appearance. The final touch is a paint splatter to amplify the ‘dirty’ characteristics of this jacket. The man who wears it shouldn’t be afraid to make his own mark on it—give it his own wear-and-tear characteristics to define himself in his own second skin.”Photographs by: Genevieve Garruppo
House of Style.
Can’t fit another pair of Kenneth Cole shoes in your closet? Now we’re giving you a home advantage—our company has launched Kenneth Cole Reaction Home, available exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond. To give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating a stylish, modern home collection, we asked our design team to share their thoughts on our new line. Click each picture for the inside scoop and visit Kenneth Cole Reaction at Bed Bath & Beyond for the full collection.
FASHIONING A CAREER.
During a month that is all about fashion weeks around the world, it’s good to remember that behind each glamour-filled catwalk minute are hours and hours of hard work. And if you don’t believe that, talk to Angela Hoy, who is a design assistant for Kenneth Cole’s women’s soft wovens. She gave us a peek into what her fun, fast-paced workday looks like.
“At 8:30 am, I’m on my way to work—I like to read WWD when I’m on the bus, as it’s always important to keep up with what is going on in the fashion industry. When I arrive at the office, I check my emails and meet with my senior designer, and together we prioritize what needs to be done for the day. Overall, my job consists of various tasks, such as sketching, fitting, creating tech packs, delivering construction and fit comments to sample rooms, and designing embellishments. Usually we’re working on two seasons simultaneously. Right now I am working on embellishment designs for Holiday 2013—trying different layouts and application techniques, and presenting different materials that can be used. I’m also still working on updating sketches and preparing tech packs for Fall 2013. My day-to-day is never the same, and that’s why I love the fashion industry—it’s exciting, full of energy, and always evolving.”
Photos by Kevin Tachman
MODEL POINT OF VIEW
At the end of our show, our much-photographed models turned the tables on the audience. For the finale walk, each model used their phone to capture their points of view, snapping photos of the front row, the runway from their perspective, and (how could they resist?) some playful ones of themselves.
Check out some of our favorite looks from our runway show. If you missed it, you can watch at live.kennethcole.com.
Here’s an exclusive VIP pass to listen to the music that played at tonight’s runway show.
“Aerials” and “Fractured”
Performed by Lights & Motion
Courtesy of Deep Elm Records
“The New Life” and “Hypnotic Regression”
Performed by Girls Names
Written by Cathal Cully, Claire Miskimmin, Neil Brogan
Courtesy of Slumberland Records
“Watch The Streams”
Performed By: Violens
Written By: Jorge Elbrecht, Iddo Arad, Myles Matheny
Courtesy of Slumberland Records
Performed by Land Observations
Written by James Brooks
Courtesy of Mute by arrangement with Bank Robber Music
Published by Embassy Music Corp. obo Mute Song
Everything is (almost) in order. Watch The @KENNETHCOLE Fall 2013 Runway Show LIVE from NYFW tonight at 7pm EST on live.kennethcole.com.