21 September 2010

LFW S/S '11 Report: Christopher Kane

Someone has been at the highlighters. Or at least Christopher Kane has had a root through his collections of old and decided that now was the time to revive neon.

As the lights bounced off the first fluoro green punched leather jacket, it was guaranteed to be a blinding show. The delicate laser-cut holes created a lace look, which was a taste of things to come. Kane paired skirts of green and orange with argyll knit jumpers and twinsets - a nod to his ongoing support of the Scottish wool industry. But before it got too preppy, he pulled it back and showed neon yellow dresses in intricate fine lace. A group of highlighter-shade lace and pleated tea dresses followed, which you could imagine on every young starlet on a premiere junket. Then he changed it again by adding in a dragon print element. At least that's what we think it was, my first impression was that it may be a tattoo print, but as the theme continued, dragons emerged both printed and embroidered into lace.

As ever with Christopher Kane, his swing into brights will take a while to settle. While some people declared it his best season, others were unsure. They will, of course, grow to love it, as Christopher Kane always gets us in the end. Expect to be wearing neon by January. Hmm, does that mean that it will be the return of fake tans too?

- Kay Barron


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