Christopher Kane – S/S 2012

London: One of the leaders of London Fashion Week by anyone’s account, Scottish-born designer Christopher Kane is known for making quite influential waves, and this season was no different. While the rest of the world has embraced neons and leather, Kane has moved on, with a Spring collection focused on refined, crisp, pastel basics. A-line skirt suits, crisp white tops and cable-knit vests were an ode to classic prep, but the artfully collaged floral motifs, origami folding and cleverly placed slits and insets were a glimpse into the designer’s ever-so-subtle subversion. Also part of the buzz was the array of sparkly and bejeweled flat-soled footwear, indicating that maybe non-towering options are capable of chic-appeal as well. —Shannon Davenport

Silhouette: A-line / Structured

Color: Mint / Rose / Silver / White / Gunmetal / Chocolate / Pale yellow / Sea blue / Blush tones

Key Items: Cable-knit vests / Origami folded sheaths / Collarless jackets / Boxy woven tees / Crystal encrusted jeans / A-line skirts / Crisp white button-fronts / Skirt suits

Materials: Brocade / Denim / Jacquard / Silk / Satin / Lurex / Taffeta / Organza

Details + Trim: Swarovski crystals, Stiff origami folds / Open slit seams / Cut-outs / Sequins and beading / Graphic floral appliqué

Accessories + Footwear: Crystal encrusted Birkenstocks / Rubber pool shoes / Gem embellished clutches

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