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Christopher Kane S/S 2011: London Fashion Week

In a season filled with muted 70s colors and chiffon, Christopher Kane’s collection comes as a wave of fresh but slightly oversaturated innovation.

The collection is being heralded as "Princess Margaret on Acid", and the designer cited a number of royals, including the Queen’s designer Normal Hartnell, as his inspiration.

Perforated leather with a vinyl coating mimicked lace in the opening numbers, making the pieces look obviously synthetic.

This notion of the fake masking the real is a common theme for Kane.  That, paired with his penchant for neons, made this collection really stand out.

The crowd-pleasing collection featured his signature highlighter colors, including a few looks in mint, one of this season’s most prevelent colors.

The silhouettes were less adventurous, but paired with the screaming prints and brights, the mishmash of classic and contemporary shapes were welcome.

Boxy suits, argyles, and Japanese inspired patterns may not make sense on paper as a cohesive collection, but that is the beauty of Kane.  No matter what his inspiration, and how bizarre it may seem, he can always execute a polished, cohesive collection.