"Everything I do essentially comes from drawing; it ultimately reflects how I feel," stated Christopher Kane in the show notes. The catwalk was staged once again in the Tate Modern, under the Richard Tuttle installation 'I don't know the weave of textile language,' an appropriately writhing twist of orange sculpted fabric suspended overhead in the turbine hall, a fitting location for the designer with his never-ending ideas and rich imagination.
Love, attraction and sensuality ran like a pulse through the heart of this collection as Christopher Kane skillfully fused masculine and feminine and leathers and furs against light tulles and laces with an assured hand and commanding modern touch. Bold blue lining and flashes of red flared through the opening grey crisp crombie as the first model walked by. Butter soft leather and rich shades of fur were cut in sophisticated silhouettes, yet preserved a sense of fun with inserts of seductive bright primary colours and print; think of the flashing lights of the night scene, or his glittering lurex knits.
Black was sexy and powerful, and accessories with his signature safety buckle and ruffle edge swung to the beat with most looks to emphasis this must-have accessory. His high heels added a Guy Bordin allure, a red bag and red stiletto popping against a severe total black look.
With Kerring backing, and his first standalone store recently opened on Mount Street, Christopher Kane showed this polish in high-shine chain mail, stylised floral Swiss lace, flocked velvets, and elegantly draped two tone 'tonic-velvet' dresses. But his creativity was not stifled, and while creating this collection, he and his team took life drawing classes, and these sketches were the basis for their lovers’ lace, as bodies overlapped and created abstracted, Matisse-like line drawings that danced over lace.
Feelings, love and women were much in everyone's mind, and the show was dedicated to Christine Kane, Christopher and Tammy's mother, who passed away just three days before this show. Mrs. Kane would have been very proud. Christopher Kane is the must-see label in London.