To appreciate Christopher Kane’s talent, one only needs to look at the wonders the designer has done in a very short amount of time over at Versace’s contemporary offshoot Versus. Kane has a unique ability to turn what could easily veer into tacky territory, into something refined, inspiring, and wearable (albeit usually for the young and at least somewhat daring). For his namesake collection this season, the designer and his sister Tammy proved once again that they are ones to watch with a Fall 2011 collection inspired by the toxic liquid found in lava lamps.
The inspiration translated most noticeably in the trim and pockets of dresses and separates finished with swiveling mixes of blue-green, pink-orange, and pink-yellow plastic waves that were filled with a mix of encapsulated vegetable oil and glycerin, making for a number of “wow” moments. Kane is clearly a fresh thinker and his futuristic collection often straddled the line between art and fashion, but classic cuts and silhouettes kept the lineup looking wearable in a mesmerizingly original way.
Most impressively, despite its quirky approach, the collection held on to an undeniable sex appeal with lots of sheer garments (including sheer sequin and sheer chiffon that at times brought to mind Proenza Schouler's stunning Spring 2011 collection), bared midriffs, thigh-high slits, and plunging necklines. Also of note were the crochet pieces, a modern update on the granny classic, that further point to Christopher Kane’s uncanny ability to work with unusual fabrics and techniques in exciting and creative ways.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.