Before we delve into Christopher Kane’s autumn/winter collection, let’s take a step back and reflect on the designer’s recent decision to sell a 51% stake to PPR, the group which also has stakes in Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent. It is safe to say Mr Kane has joined the fashion echelon. Naturally, many would opt to think that there will be great changes ahead, however the mini-kilts that powered down the catwalk – a brief acknowledgement of his roots – is perhaps his way of letting us know that he will be doing things his way.
Offering an exuberant excess of 60 looks in the collection, Christopher Kane presented an eclectic range of styles, fabrics and ideas to his audience – including François-Henri Pinault, chief executive officer of PPR. He took us on a journey from fur trimmed camouflage coats and kilts, feather spliced outerwear and rosettes, through to brains fizzing with creativity exploding over cocktail dresses.
The journey was a beautiful narrative of his achievements – a collection inspired by his archive and injected with even further luxe. Perhaps this was his way of bidding adieu to the former Christopher Kane, before launching himself high into the fashion stratosphere, above and beyond.