Runway Report: Christopher Kane Fall 2015

While other designers took inspiration from icons, music or eras for FW15, designer Christopher Kane started from the original muse, the female form.  Setting up life drawing in his studio for his entire team to partake in, Kane translated the resulting lines and curves into a celebration of femininity. “I wanted a feeling of attraction in the collection,” he said. Envisioned in red, blue and black, woman were silhouetted on sheath dresses and skirts, while sheer panels fluttered and curved between velvet.  Drawn details were abstracted into swirling patterns of glittery lines on sheer tulle and then took shape into electrifying zig-zags over black lace.

Though Kane played with a number of silhouettes, suiting, off the shoulder dresses, and pleats found their way through the collection in different iterations, as did a definite nod to 90s midi-dresses. Metallic red and blue chain mail, oversized florals, iridescent draped dresses, and what Kane referred to as “lovers lace” brought Kane’s high-concept design factor, while his signature plastic safety buckle clasps adorned shoes, bags, belts and outerwear, adding a quirky edge of modern utility.

The show was dedicated to Kane’s mother, very sadly a few days after her passing. But the collection served as a stunning tribute, embodying Kane’s woman as strong in spirit, vibrant and tenacious, and a true artist.

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