Christopher Kane Spring Summer 2013London Fashion WeekCopyright Catwalking.com’One Time Only’ PublicationEditorial Use Only
Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane was already being noticed whilst still in college, gaining the attention of Donatella Versace after winning the Lancome colour award in 2005. Kane then went on to graduate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2006 and subsequently won the Harrods Design Award for his MA Graduate collection. This great achievement saw Kane feature a showpiece window in Harrods.. Unsurprisingly Kane was quickly snapped up by Versace to work on the label’s Atelier couture collection as well as consulting on shoes and accessories.
Kane established his eponymous label in 2006, with his sister, Tammy Kane, who is involved in the running of the business whilst also assisting in his fabric creation and design process. Kane’s first independent show saw an array of short bandage dresses in neon shades which highly influenced the 2007’s ‘fluoro’ trends. Deservingly Kane was awarded the Young Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards in April 2006 and also went on to release a capsule collection for Topshop.
Kane has never been dull or unoriginal, his unique vision and creativity makes his designs sought after. Kane’s SS13 collection is no exceptions; we can see Kane’s sly wit and ability to turn the old into new. Kane’s SS13 collection holds many dimensions, at first it appears as a story of sweetness with sorbet pinks and creams, lace and elegant dresses but as the collection progresses we notice the subtle details, fastings are in the shape of bolts, black rubber appears, as do randomly taped on patches of lace and most importantly the silhouette of Boris Karloff can be seen. Yes Frankenstein! What appears to be a sickly sweet collection is subverted through this sinister twist. Kane once again wows us, once noticing these eerie details we are lead to reassess the whole collection, it is Kane’s unpredictability, his reworking of the familiar into something new and exciting that makes his collection so desirable.