September 21, 2010

Christopher Kane, SS11, London Fashion Week

Among the London Fashion Week shows I was most anticipating was Christopher Kane, which I attended yesterday at a warehouse in East London. The show was running late and guests were ushered in up until just seconds before the show. Luckily, I made in it just in time.



Glasgow-born Christopher Kane has developed a reputation for designing along a certain latitude - one that is known for, among other things, being edgy, a bit rock-and-roll, for his impeccable use of leather, his no-holds-barred photoprints that draw from wildlife and Planet of the Apes... So, despite the punchy, neon color-palette, and the vinyl and waxed fabrics, I was pleasantly surprised and a bit taken a back by the subdued, modest cuts and silhouettes of the Spring Summer 2011 collection.





Even in hot pink, chartreuse, and day-glo orange, the brocades and argyles, paired with longlined hems and modest necklines, were more reminiscent of the lady who lunches than the good girl gone bad.





I loved the stark departure this collection has taken from his past collections, if for no other reason than defying the expectation I had built around his aesthetic. When a designer starts becoming predictable, it's time to change the game - and Kane certainly succeeded in that. The length of the skirts was enough to realign my thinking.



And, just in case you couldn't spot her easily enough in the front row - here's Anna. Yes, she was really that close - I was using a fixed lens! I know it's blurry, let's try not to focus on that, okay?

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful collection. Brilliant colors. I love the yellow strapless lace dress. And Love you more Nikki for shring these with us.

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  2. This was such a brilliant collection

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  3. I loved it! Such great, colors,royal brights, too, on top of the good silhouette.

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  4. Regarding Anna W... You were so close to POWER. What did it feel like?

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  5. I Googled CK's past collections and I definitely see what you mean! I like the idea of a designer switching things up when they become predictable - I think that's an idea that could/should be true of most aspects of fashion/art/literature etc.

    Also, your candid shot of Anna is awesome/hilarious.

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  6. Love it Nicolette! Great pics from CK show. I love the lighting effect it gave the images. Glowy and fun. I hope LFW is amazing. Thank you for sharing your front row with us.

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  7. Lucky lady! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. i love the blurriness of the anna photo!

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  9. I Googled CK's past collections and I definitely see what you mean! I like the idea of a designer switching things up when they become predictable - I think that's an idea that could/should be true of most aspects of fashion/art/literature etc.

    Also, your candid shot of Anna is awesome/hilarious.

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