There is a certain abstract artistic beauty about the Christopher Kane spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection as we realize that the designer has gone for everything 1940s British, from the venue that still has the pock marks of the bombings from World War II to the title of the collection that reads Made Do and Mend, referring to the rationing of the war years where women had to make do with what they already had, reworking the materials themselves to freshen up the styles and keep up with their appearances.
The collection itself had very little to do with the 1940s though, instead being a recycling of Kane’s own early designs and past life experiences, celebrating his 10-year anniversary by also celebrating his Scottish roots. It is a patchwork of memories that we see, one particular coat printed with souvenir Polaroids, inciting a sense of nostalgia.
The overall looks were pretty intriguing though, with the girls appearing on stage with greasy hair and crocs on their feet; Kane called his girls “radical, sexy, a real predator.” We have no idea if we would agree, but he sure did a number on the runway with his designs!
There were 38 looks overall that appeared on the runway that were captured on photo and video and instantly sent out over social media as we see throughout the show. It surprised us to hear that paganism was also an inspiration, along with rings, lace and little extras remade into a collection that celebrates Kane’s 10-year anniversary in the world of fashion.
The London Fashion Week has been rife with interesting designs, and while Christopher Kane does not stand out as the best or worst in anything – possibly those crocs coming in a close bet for worst footwear though, there was much to be seen and admired throughout the show. The collection features a woman who has been scarred and patched up.
For Kane, every woman has been scarred slightly at some point and showing that off, especially for a woman who has had to stand up after every fall, is great. The artistic designs give one pause and have one evaluate once again her view on Kane’s workmanship and creativity. We see a few common features that will definitely make it onto the trends reports, including the sheer fabrics that show off chest and legs underneath, the thigh-high slits and the midi cuts to the skirts.
We notice lots of color, and quite a bit of imagination that has been transcribed into wearable art. We love the patterns and the florals, the contrasts on each piece and the overall illusory effects, but we have to wonder at the large amount of short sleeves.
As for the ladies mending their clothing ideal, there is a lot of half-done designs that seem to show off skin and beg the tailor to come back to finish what he or she began. It is certainly not meant for the obsessive perfectionist who likes everything in symmetry.
Photos courtesy of Vogue