Scottish wunderkind designer Christopher Kane has made all the right moves every step of the way in his career. And now he can add winning the accolade of Womenswear Designer of the Year to his heaving cabinet of achievements! Fending off a challenge from Pheobe Philo (Celine) and Sarah Burton, Kane’s success was resoundingly toasted by the audience.
This evening Christopher was presented with his award by platinum haired fashion-titan Donatella Versace and he said the experience was 'truly amazing' and had special thanks for Donatella exclaiming 'I truly love her'. So do we Mr Kane!
From catching the eye of Donatella Versace while still at Central Saint Martins to selling his hit debut collection for S/S 2007 in its entirety to Browns, he burst on to the fashion scene with about the best credentials you could hope for. In the intervening years he has solidified his reputation as an ideas machine, coming up with iconic collections which have formed an archive of highly covetable pieces. Who wouldn’t want a piece from his Carrie inspired grunge collection? Or a zappy neon number from the ‘Princess Margaret on acid’ outing?
News this year that French holdings company Kering had made a majority investment in Kane’s growing brand was greeted with pride by the whole fashion community, and the influx of cash has enabled the designer and his sister Tammy to look to open their first store (planned to open on Mount street by the end of the year) and begin working on a debut bag collection.
See the stars on the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards...