London Fashion Week: Christopher Kane

After just seeing Christopher Kane’s F/W 2010 show I had to race straight back to my hotel room to blog about it. It’s been the best collection I’ve seen since the shows started in New York over a week ago. There was plenty of leather and lace on Kane’s runway today, a trend that’s dominated the runways thus far. What’s different is that these clothes are thoroughly modern—no ’90s goth and grunge or Stevie Nicks references in sight. These were sharply tailored clothes in black leather and wool with lace panels dotted throughout the looks. Color came in the form of floral embroidery (usually on the leather pieces). A leather embroidered motorcycle jacket with a shearling collar will surely be on the most wanted list of every it girl in town come August.

Finale looks came in patent leather with crystal embellishments shaped like constellations. There were latex and bondage references, but thanks to the precise tailoring, these girls looked elegant and premiere-night ready, not like they just stumbled out of a skanky sex club. In these times of tight spending, showing something new and still appealing to the buyer’s bottom line is not an easy task for any designer. Unfortunately it has many designers pulling out the safe card. With this collection, however, Kane has proven that with the right amount of taste and the creative talent to back it up, fashion can still be inventive and marketable.

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