Runway Report: Kaufmanfranco

While always known for evening-wear – and their many A-list fans – for Spring 2014, designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco brought to the runway what was undoubtedly chic and edgy separates that were meant more for a day in the city than a night on the red carpet.

Super clean styling and sophisticated designs provided an outlet for those city-girls looking for an upscale take on their favorite pieces.  Simple shifts were harnessed and haltered made from woven leathers while your basic legging was stretch on the back and suede in the front paired with cropped belted trench coats for the ultimate easy-chic look. They followed suit like others that have been showcasing a more neutral palette for next Spring with the base of their collection in bone, tissue pink, burlap, black and white but it was the splashes of gold and tangerine that made for a show-stopping affect.  As for their stand-out technique, a wrapping construction which was used from start to finish, creating asymmetrical lines and ‘peek-a-boos’ of skin on everything from trousers to strapless tops to floor length gowns.

While the concentration for this season was clearly on sportswear – as they showed a take on the windbreaker and warm weather leather shorts – luxurious fabrics were not to be missed as suede, leather and silk were given center stage throughout the show.  Of course as much as we loved their separates, we were just as excited by the gorgeous black-tie options that were thrown in the mix as well.  Some stand-outs included a long sleeved gold encrusted floral sheath gown followed by an electric orange halter silk number and a bright white wrapped silk gown that was both youthful and sexy.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m