Since her death in 1974, the Anne Klein label steadily declined into fashion irrelevance - almost disrespectfully so, given it was started by a fashion innovator who was "credited with utterly revising the working woman's wardrobe," notes V Magazine. Instead of the fusty skirts and hats her peers were continuing to offer women, Klein designed jazzy separates - blazers, pants, and other separates that could be mixed and matched - creating "nothing short of a revolution." Even Oscar de la Renta tipped his hat, remarking that she "influenced everything that was American. She put sportswear on the map and she was a truly American designer."
These chic looks done under the creative direction of Isabel Toledo hearken back to the heyday of Anne Klein:
- Lesley Scott
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