Christopher Kane delivered a triumphant spring 11 London Fashion Week collection yesterday, inspired by royalty and Japanese tattoos, an unlikely pairing that resulted in a truly original and daring collection.
Lady-like knee length, neon lace dresses were cut close to the body and conveyed a sense of demure tradition but they came down the catwalk in an explosion of contemporary brights from green to fuschia, neon yellow and orange. Skirting featured tight knife pleats while bright lace and bold contrast neon piping injected a strength into the feminine collection.
Straps were thin and spaghetti like or shoulders were exposed via neat sleeveless versions. 1950s style long sleeved twin sets also featured, but Kane kept the collection away from the predictable, via prints that combined a dark underworld surrealism and traditional Japanese art with dragons crawling down dresses.
He rounded off with delicate embroidered dresses in a slightly softer palette of coral and peach. Kane has once again set the pace for the season, with this standout collection.