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Right now, visitors to the renovated his-and-hers Co-op space on the eighth floor of Barneys in New York City are greeted by some incredibly bright jeans. They're from the J Brand/Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collaboration, and this morning Barneys showed off the full line at a breakfast preview inside the brand-new Genes@CO-OP Café.
After hovering around the shockingly neon (in a good way) collection with cameras and teeny-tiny cappuccinos, the gaggle of reporters was escorted into the café, which sits at the back of the Co-op floor. Between the digitalized tables inside and the brilliant colors still in view through the glass walls, we felt a little ADD, but we managed to concentrate as J. Brand's director sat down with Christopher Kane himself to chat about the line. The collaboration was created, unsurprisingly, in LA, but Kane's favorite place to shop is New York, attributing the preference to "something in the atmosphere." (We couldn't agree more.)
As for the collection, you can expect J. Brand's standard tight-yet-stretchy fit, except for the signature jean—the Martini—which is looser. The color, however, is far from ordinary. Shorts, jeans, and jackets in brilliant green, pink, and orange only decorate two racks on Barney's 8th floor, but manage to give the space a whole neon makeover. For those not ready to go bright, there are also the how-you-thought-of-jeans-before-Christopher-Kane-schooled-you-in-color styles in black, white, and blue. It's alright if you can't get to Barney's soon; the line will be up on the Barneys site on Saturday. This reporter is especially excited about a certain orange denim jacket.—Kenzie Bryant
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· The Co-Ops Will Be Merging Inside the Madison Avenue Barneys [Racked NY]
· Christopher Kane [J Brand]