Runway News


There’s nothing that can quite top the Planet of the Apes-inspired Spring/Summer 2009 Christopher Kane collection. In fact, pieces from the line – widely worn by celebrities, including Rihanna – were so popular that they spawned a number of frugally-priced Topshop looks that were part of a limited time-only Christopher Kane for Topshop collection.

For Kane’s Fall/Winter 2010 runway show, the aggressive animal images were replaced by colorful flowers sweetly embroidered onto black leather and set against lace – an odd combination to say the least (think dominatrix meets Little House on the Prairie).

The silhouettes were, for the most part, prim and proper with many full-coverage looks, including high-neck and long-sleeved dresses, although they were paired with lacy, high-shine, platform shoes shown in a variety of iterations. The mix of patterns, fabrics, and techniques were a bit puzzling, though they were partly explained by the designer’s inspiration point this season which included Priscilla Presley and juvenile delinquents. The designer remarked that he wanted his looks to appear a “bit perverse and ironic.”  

I like the idea of contrasting different styles, and in theory the contrast between feminine details like flowers and lace would be a welcome light-hearted motif to the structured leather and high-shine, but here the combination didn’t seem to ever work  – at least not when compared to similar attempts by Prada and Balenciaga in past seasons. 

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.