The Christopher Kane fall/winter 2015-2016 collection literally had us glued to the screen, staring in open mouthed wonder at the sheer expertise of the lines, the shapes, the astounding creations and all. While so many other designers have opted for either very toned down or quite crazy designs for these London Fashion Week shows, Kane has shown us that he is officially one of the best among the fold. Electric blue, bright classic red and a backdrop of black make for a rather intriguing color scheme to start off with and those coatdresses, pantsuits and strangely alluring velvet dresses in sleeveless and half sleeves, mini height or midi length all somehow manage to captivate the senses. It appears that an African woman’s visage and upper body are brought into focus with different colors, as shadows cast against the garments. While we play with the velvets, we also have a whole lot of sheer happening, from black shirts that do little to hide the body underneath, to snakeskin dresses in curves that are somehow reminiscent of the Versace and a few other lines presented in the Paris Couture Fashion Week last month.
Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane founded his eponymous brand that currently is part of Kering. The 32-year-old from Newarthill seems to have made a nod at Donatella Versace, whose attention he caught back in 2005 by winning the Lancôme Colour Award, and for whom he worked on the label’s Atelier Couture collection, as well as acting as consultant for shoes and accessories. Donatella Versace has even claimed Kane’s resemblance to her late brother Gianni Versace. It’s no wonder his pieces so lovingly reflect upon the Versace curves presented not long ago.
On the other hand, there seems to be a certain love for snakeskin happening here, while neoprene fabrics make it onto the catwalk with such ease, blending in with the rest but really sticking out with their shine and stiffer feel. The fluttery pieces are quite lovely and the ruffles that appear give the girls a rather doll-like look. This, of course, is a total contrast against the bondage style fashions that come subsequently afterwards, in blues, blacks and reds, really bringing the focus on the neoprene before going sheer once again with lots of zigzags laid out in a diagonal fashion, patterned perfectly. Of course, what’s a 2015 ready-to-wear collection without some form of floral presence, something which Kane manages to capture in slightly more futuristic looks to his midi length dresses, adorned in a slightly lacy design and matches perfectly with their footwear in the same electric blue and classic red coloring. Shiny velvets come along the end of the collection while abstract human figure grace the bodies of the models, all in slightly more seductive poses.
The footwear is just as interesting as the dresses it appears, starting off with velvet pumps and moving into black leather half boots and frilled stilettoes, before going super sexy with the snakeskin in matching colors with the dresses and skirt. We have flatter pieces with open toes and frilled edges that also come in slight heals, in black, copper and red, and then we move into the strappy sandals that really encapsulate the feet and give the whole look a sexier edge. Kane starts off strong and we love every last piece until we are left rather speechless with the artistry included in the final pieces of the Christopher Kane fall/winter 2015-2016 collection.
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