Just last week Scottish fashion wunderkind Christopher Kane released his first ever Pre Fall collection, although one would be forgiven for thinking otherwise, such is the level of creative and technical prowess evident in each and every look included in this delectable selection. Among Kane’s many sartorial skills is an uncanny knack for taking normally non-fashionable things (rubber, sweet wrappers, Princess Margaret style twinsets) and turning them into catwalk dynamite. I was lucky enough to be invited to his SS13 show and got to witness this talent first hand. The designer drew inspiration from Frankenstein’s Monster to deliver an ingeniously original collection that combined plastic wingnuts, ruched plastic and injection moulded rubber with pastel hues, pencil skirts and oversized chiffon bows. You’d have thought after that he’d be out of ideas but as Christopher Kane’s Pre Fall offerings confirm, his supply is limitless.
Far from using the pre season to trot out an array of commercial, wearer friendly style staples, Kane appears to have viewed it as an opportunity to let his imagination run wild. Sculptural suede bomber jackets sit alongside double breasted velvet trouser suits, flippy chiffon minis and floor length gob-smackers in a palette of inky blacks, purples and rich cobalt blues. As always with Christopher there’s something slightly off-kilter, think unfinished hems, sepia toned floral applique and semi-sheer fabrics giving off an eerie sheen. Equally characteristic is the fact that this high risk hint of subversion makes those pretty printed cocktail dresses infinitely more interesting.
Love Ella. X