• #insideout oi oi @cosstores and @currentelliott - who made your clothes??? @fash_rev
  • Last @designerjumble outfit of the day - @saundersstudio jacket, Betty Jackson jacket, Antithesis shirt, @fromsomewhereuk top, Loewe skirt, Luella bag
  • More brilliant @designerjumble pieces @prada top and skirt, Antony Price parachute dress @rupertsanderson shoes
  • Made In Britain pieces by @jameslonglondon and @topshop Who made your clothes? #InsideOut @fash_rev
  • Amazing pieces from a 1,500 collection of Hannalore Smart, widow of Circus King Billy Smart Jr... Alaia,  Gaultier, Comme, Issey Miyake, Prada... All going into @designerjumble soon with some on auction!! Gaultier corset, vintage customised jeans, Prada shoes, CdG skirt - very Meadham Kirchhoff SS13!

Gimme feathers!  Gimme camo!  Gimme kilts!  Gimme velvet!  Gimme lace!  Gimme flowers!  Gimme errr… MRI brain scans!  

After a plodding summer that wishes to drag on compounding with my own pre-fashion month brain meltdown, revisiting Christopher Kane's AW13 jam-packed, ideas-a-buzzing, hit-hit-hit collection was just the jolt I needed to kickstart September.  Especially as the stores are now currently flooded with the things I listed above.  There was much to read into the collection.  Some said it was too much.  Some said it was much ado to make a statement signifiying a new era for Kane, with regards to Kering Group's investment in the brand.  Some said there was much to admire about Kane's ability to take a fleeting idea and make it a working reality.  I'm inclined to go a combo answer of all three interpretations.  Too much of something is a good thing in this instance.  You can justify excess and indulgence when it's all genuinely convincing.  Well, ok I'm not so hot on the crazy-layers of black-edged organza squares but that's only because I thought Kane tricked out that motif in his AW09 way better.  And that's only one questionable out of many many hits, some lifted from the classic Kane lexicon and given an evolved update.  

Touching is believing with this collection and more so than others, revisiting the collection in a showroom or indeed, in stores right now, proved to be persuasive.  Kane's camo pieces may have stiff competition from Whistles' equally impressive warped camo jacquard, but his also comes in patchwork felted wool, tufted at the edges to create a texture akin to autumnal leaves and moss on a forest ground.  Beyond the show, the colourway combining orange, pink and grey produces an unnatural camo but no less eye-catching.  Move on over to the passage of velvet loops and swirls of intricately embroidered lace and you start getting some The Craft vibes.  Alt chicks who weren't into the exuberance of Clueless dug The Craft.  Whatever happened to Neve Campbell, eh?  When feathers and flowers take over, it becomes unabashedly romantic.  At the show, all I was thinking was that they conjured up packets of pot pourri and Dutch still life paintings of flowers – two things I'm particularly into at all – and wondering how Kane managed to make those visual references enticing on clothing.  Another sort of craft was at the heart of it all.  Those ostrich feathers are curled just so.  Those feathery flowers are constructed and composed to convince you that they are blossoming into life on sweaters and skirts.  The final brain wave (well, after the actual brain waves embroidered with beads and thread onto beautiful brain scan sweaters) came when an electric blue frisson of what I thought was some sort of tinsel came flurrying past.  In fact, upon closer inspection at the showroom, it turns out they were hundreds of individual strands of bugle beads.  Ditto for the shimmering wires poking out of dresses – more devastatingly minute bugle bead work.  There goes another naff pas.  Aren't bugle beads supposed to live on dusty prom and bridesmaid dresses?  In Kane's hands, they come alive with electricity as with 99.9% of the collection.  Let's hope that Kane knows how to take "too much" as a compliment.

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Backstage photography by Joseph Piper for Style Bubble

Comments (15)

  1. Everything about this is amazing: the fabrics, cuts, patterns.
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  2. The MRI scan is such a great way of giving a sweater, or anything else, colour! Personally, when I see the pieces with the beads on picture, I would never buy them. I guess this is the kind of dress you first have to try on and then actually looks quite nice. Anyways, that’s not very important though. The camo blazers/jackets are perf to make an eclectic look, just what I like and so do you probably ;)
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  3. Lara says:

    Doesn’t get anymore classy and original than this. This is excellent fashion. Love this! Colors are just awesome.

  4. Ana says:

    I’m intensely lusting after all that geometric lace.
    It just blows my mind.
    YES.

  5. milex says:

    It’s fascinatingly

  6. Audrey says:

    I was reading the recent article Bubble & Speak on BoF and it really is time that the reality of the situation that fashion graduates face is addressed.
    It’s not enough to have the BA so you need to intern for one year or more, or you do an MA for the possibility of employment at the end of it (more time and money), and then you end up teaching or unemployed. I really wonder what the value is of the degree is then?
    It’s all well and good to talk about new talent, but in the end most of nearly all of these designers won’t even be able to get a job. Why do we need to indoctrinate people that going to fashion school and getting the degree is worth it when the degree has become worthless?
    This is absurd not to mention fashion companies taking advantage of interns and now interning becoming the new entry-level position. The fashion graduates I know of from good universities are all um-employed and having to intern again or freelance.
    There should be some more serious discussion on this but it’s a topic that’s been continually ignored and dismissed.

  7. Denisa says:

    Great inspiration. I like that collections.
    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  8. Sasha says:

    This such a great collection, I love all the beading and the silhouettes of the clothes. It’s very fun but also very sophisticated.
    x
    obsedeepalamode.blogspot.co.uk

  9. The Provoker says:

    So damn obsessed with Kane, even more so now. He’s got PPR to back him up, so it’s just gonna keep getting better and better! Making CSM proud to have had him, and isn’t he so sweet? Indeed this collection was insane in the membrane! The flowers, the embroideries, the lace…….. droooooooolllllll!!!!!!!!!!!
    xx The Provoker
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  10. Jack says:

    Its a amazing collection. Very Nice dresses , I am going to search on net to gift my Gf. Thanks.

  11. Duck says:

    It’s going to take me a while to process his SS14 collection – I’m not really a fan of florals or cut-outs – but MY GOD I love the MRI scans! Obsessed. I may actually need to buy more than one, which I wouldn’t normally do with such a ‘statement’ piece (gag). Obsessed. Seriously.

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