3 hours ago | By Nigel Taylor
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London: Christopher Kane opened his greatly anticipated show with a crocheted ensemble whose humble, handcrafted feel connected this collection to those of Rodarte and Preen in New York, who both referenced quilts this season. Like spring’s lace made from laser-cut leather, Kane riffed on the crochet theme with leather pieces printed with granny squares. While this effect would have been directional on its own, the designer added another level of innovation by adding wavy plastic insets filled with brightly-colored liquid, contrasting the crafty aesthetic. Soon the plastics became the focus for simple black sheath dresses, some pieced with ruched chiffon. Kane closed the show with a series of sheer dresses with clear sequins – also featuring the liquid-filled plastics – that resembled iridescent fish scales. A collection that spans from homespun crochet to futuristic plastics would seem a difficult feat to pull off, but Christopher Kane’s sophisticated, simple shapes held it all together beautifully.
Color: Navy / Green / Brown / Black / Iridescent silver / Pops of bright pink, blue, yellow and green
Key Items: Crocheted separates / Liquid plastic sheaths / Iridescent sequin dresses
Materials: Medium-gauge yarns / Printed leather / Lightweight wool suitings / Chiffon / Organza
Details + Trim: Liquid-filled wavy plastic insets / Sheer panels / Clear iridescent sequins
Accessories + Footwear: Liquid-filled plastic clutches / Pointy-toe Mary Janes
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