Sunday, November 7, 2010
Christopher Kane's Spring 2010 collection. There was a strange sort of feel to this season's collection, from the cute baby colours, bra cup dresses and organza fabrics to the brown gingham, thigh splitting hems and a few tailored suit pieces. I feel there is a note of innocence with a mix of something old and grandpa-style. The cutesy cuts and little collars give a little girl look but some of the other looks are so different. Grubby brown gingham checks with a tailored vest, which makes the model look a little uncomfortable, is very different. Kane says he was inspired by religious cultism when he watched a documentary about the Jonestown mass suicides in Guyana, 1978. I think it's beautiful that he used gospel and religious/spiritual music for the show, apparently people were somewhat uncomfortable about what he was thinking but it's things like these that make artists artists. Kane's original view for the collection was not in this direction though. "I was also looking at a photo of Nancy Reagan on the White House lawn, and the movie Lolita. I loved Jeremy Irons' tailored vest in the remake. So that's where the suiting came from."
I love this collection. The cuts, the fabrics, the feel that it's almost not quite right, it's designers like Christopher Kane that make real fashion art.
His show was on September 21, when I was in London! I knew very well of London Fashion Week and tried my hardest online to maybe get a ticket (obviously not for something as special as Christopher Kane) but I knew from the start it was pretty much a lost cause. One day!