Tuesday, February 24, 2009

london autumn/winter 2009 - christopher kane

christopher kane burst into our collective consciousness with his explosive graduate show at central saint martins three years ago and since then he's become the darling of the london fashion scene with one of the most consistently well received shows season after season. that much lauded graduate show has been so stuck on everyone's mind that it's hard to remove the designer from the over the top sexuality of that infamous collection. but to constantly connect and expect that same spirit from kane is an injustice to the talent and flexibility the young designer has. since then he has displayed the ability to present collections with such a focused idea and so precisely executed based on themes as disparate as prehistoric times, the horror movie "carrie", or virginia wolf's "orlando" that it only strengthens the young designer's growing reputation. for his most recent collection kane took a surprising route with perhaps his most somber collection to date. the drab colour palette and the heavy menswear inspired fabrics that opened the show was a departure from his previous collections. but as the show progressed kane began to introduce the lightness that counterbalanced the heaviness of the opening sequence. slowly skirts started to appear made out of straps of velvet and organza paired with lightweight plaid and prince of wales printed knits. it all culminated with kanes signature dresses. whose ingenious construction, this time made of layered appliqued organza and geometric shaped panels will without a doubt, despite its hefty price tag, sell out in shops days after arriving. kane's talent to realize his vision, and not compromise its integrity and still manage to succeed commercially, is a testament to this young designers unique and impressive talents.

photo: style.com

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