As the man himself put it, sometimes it’s good to let it all out – and that’s precisely what Christopher Kane did. Outfits, ideas and more ideas spilled down the catwalk at Kane’s show. It was a tangible display of extraordinary ambition that we have only come to expect from the Scottish designer.
Mannish tailoring – a cropped double breasted jacket paired with slouchy tailored trousers – was a humble way to open. Having served his time on Savile Row, it is evident the man can tailor. Next saw techy nylon fabric transmogrified into a patent quilted jacket, evocative harness-like bodice and ruffles on the hems of meek classic-cut dresses – a possible influence from his recent collaboration with Japanese eroticist Nobuyoshi Araki that seeped into this collection.
There were plenty of wearable pieces on display, from Pepto-Bismol pink coats with crystal embellishments to wool crepe shift dresses. After all, wearable makes money, and this is of importance to the designer more than ever now, with his highly anticipated store launch due this year in London. In line with this, Kane introduced his first collection of leather bags, mostly top-handled and lady-like with smart wristlet clutches thrown in for good measure.
Saving the best for last, sculptural and ethereal cocktail dresses graced the catwalk, ticking the box for the romantics in the audience. With an almost couture-esque approach, fifty square-trimmed silk organza pieces fluttered like the pages of an open book in a spring breeze.
As expected, it was a fine display of his limitless imagination and yet another geyser of creativity; a fitting prelude to the imminent opening of his boutique in London.
by Roxy Mirshahi