Last season, the industry was taken with Christopher Kane's metallic florals, clean lines, and 'ghost' fabric. This season, he took the same notions and made them moodier, rougher, and a bit more downtown. A palette of rich, sumptuous colors worked with simple silhouettes and bold design elements. Contributing to the neo-grunge trend that has steadily emerged in London, Kane showed a cohesive and controlled collection of wearable dresses, separates, and outerwear that had the industry buzzing for the rest of the day.
Conversations about young talent in London rarely end without at least a passing mention of London's golden boy, and at 29, he's carved an insatiable market for himself. His work has a refined quality that is nearly unheard of for a designer of his age and while it's never shocking or surprising, his collections invoke emotion and great reactions from show goers. Shown in a room swathed in purple, the collection's highlights included the opening looks featuring pinstriped leather and a series of striking moire dresses. It's safe to say that between Peter Pilotto's tailored puffer jackets and Kane's ruby red version, the fashion crowd will be very warm this fall. With whispers of best-in-show already circulating the tents, it's clear Kane's star is still steadily on the rise.