The spring season is all about colors. That’s what the Easter bunny with his multi-hued eggs has taught us anyway. Apparently, in the case of the Christopher Kane spring/summer 2016 collection presented on the London Fashion Week runway just a few hours back, the lesson has been well learned by the designer as well; after all, what else could have served as inspiration for the bright and colorful pieces that graced the catwalk? However, it was also very clear that the designer is going through some very hard times, having put to rest his mother and having to deal with a few tragedies of late. Kane has a tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve and his emotions are given release through his designs. That might explain the appearance of car wreck imagery with fractured shapes and jagged lines, his dresses and tailoring taking on a rather somber disguise even among the really bright colors of the Easter bunny eggs.
The show’s note talked about a crash and repair theme and the idea of creating something out of the destruction of something else. The black suit the show opened with had cut-outs at the elbows and knees and the top appeared to have paint splattered all over. Fashion is an art and Kane certainly makes us feel like each type of art is wholly intertwined.
The bright neon colors are what capture our attention, as it appears that one involved in the car crash is suddenly thrown into a near-death experience, one where life is beautiful and colorful and warm and bright. We see bright greens and lemon hues, deep oranges and shocking tufts of pink. Even the shoes reflected the appeal of the neon with crisscross strap sneakers and push buckle clasps. To add to the craziness of it all, there were zip ties used around the neck in order to create a low ponytail, giving the impression of a BDSM minded individual running the show. Add to the collection the spliced up geometric pieces of plastic and you have an interesting look that might generally look cheap but here looks like an alternate form of art.
We do now know exactly which pieces we would like to wear – other than those hip sunglasses – but there may be a piece or two that will make it into our closets soon. After all, who doesn’t want yellow snakeskin pants in a shiny fabric these days? The zip ties may be scary but the designs are someone alluring. We cannot help but feel the designer’s pain.
Between the narrow plastic restraint tags on the black silk dresses to the funny looking envelope clutches in cartoon explosion shapes, the whole of the Christopher Kane spring 2016 collection had a bright, dark, fun, somber, odd and elegant contradicting effect, which effectively proves Kane’s strength in the fashion industry beyond reasonable doubt. Whether you love leather or chiffon, need a dress or a coat, prefer frills and tassels or plastic cuffs and strict skirts, he’s got the ability to make you look and feel interestingly good.
Photos courtesy of Vogue