Alexa Chung at Christopher Kane
If you wanted to experience the pure excitement of the Autumn Winter shows then there was only one place to be this year and that was Christopher Kane. Ideally you would have been sat on the front row somewhere between Alexa Chung and Yasmin Le Bon would have been sufficient for you to revel in the feeling of unexpectedness of attending London fashion week.
Kane’s “Liquid Collection” as he named it was all about wearable and sophisticated clothes, as with every Kane collection the designer communicated through the garments his childhood memories.
As the models streamed through, we all suddenly agreed that crochet is now definitely cool, the material was used on skirts and fitted cardigans in musky greens, browns, turquoise and grey, and it was boldly printed on leather skirts and tops, it peeked through plain collarless coats and jackets, making an original and unique Kane statement “keep the silhouette simple”.
Then came the plastic which we saw in the unusual trims that were inspired by those transparent liquid filled pencil cases of his school years, It encircled with its Blue, green and red liquid the pockets and the collars, it appeared in lines on the bodices the waist, and the edges of dresses, which on a few occasions became backless or exposed the midriff, there was a touch of gathered black netting here and there too.
The bags appeared in rectangular plastic clutch bags to match. With the soundtrack shifting to the sound of raindrops it was the time of sequin dresses with water drop-like appliques, in the same blue/green and red hue, shimmering past us with perfectly appointed Mary Janes.
It was another fantastic accomplishment for Kane who was the winner of this year’s BFC Vogue Fashion Fund, and it was evident by the overwhelming applause that emanated from the location of Camp Vogue at the show.
Jade Parfitt in one of Kane’s last season show stopping neon green ensembles had already picked out her favourites to wear to the show next year, well with the collection that was just shown I can guarantee it will be something, irrevocably cool, original and stylish, or should I say very very British.
Hayley Bevan is a stylist, blogger at MissCorrolle.Com and is intern with Harpers Bazaar.