Kaufmanfranco may be a common refrain heard on the red carpet, but yesterday marked the nine-year-old label’s first showing at New York Fashion Week. It was a strong, self-assured debut that begged to be worn by a strong, self-assured woman, and, sure enough, sitting just a few seats down from us in the front row was Jane Krakowski, one of our favorite small screen actresses, well, ever.
While 30 Rock aired its last episode two weeks ago (tear), Krakowski has been rocking Kaufmanfranco on the awards show circuit left, right, and center, most notably at the Emmys and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She’s become good friends with designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco, she explained, and was thrilled to be there to support them at their first runway showing. “You know what I love about them is they are so simple and modern,” she said, “and what I find amazing is you can be wearing an entirely beaded dress and still feel understated. They just have that knack, that delicate touch with their work.”
We got to talking about the Grammys, which aired Sunday night — for the record, Krakowski finds that dress code business “hilarious”, too — and the actress confessed to being a big Taylor Swift fan. When we mentioned that Swift chose a low-cut Kaufmanfranco minidress just after her much-publicized split with Harry Styles, she said she wasn’t surprised at all. “Oh, they make the perfect hot, sexy post-breakup dress.”
And, as if on cue, the first dress sent down the runway was a smoldering, navel-grazing black python number paired with over-the-knee peep-toe boots (Manolo Blahnik for Kaufmanfranco), and sultry, kohl-rimmed eyes. The daywear was likewise heavy on the inky shades, mostly in leather and furs, although some of our favorite pieces were rendered in olive green. The final few gowns were red carpet stunners in simple, understated shapes, but, with sheer panels reaching down to the lower back, definitely not for wallflowers.
Something tells us the uniforms the boys have been tapped to design for American Airlines will have a tad less sex appeal — although that certainly would make air travel much more interesting.
See photos from the runway show and front row in the gallery below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.