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Christopher Kane Spring 2012 Runway Review

Rumors swirled that some were almost moved to tears by the show that Christopher Kane put on for spring. While I wouldn’t go quite that far, the collection was a refreshing story of pastel brocade, origami folds, and nods to teenage years past. Subtly glimmering slashed leather shifts started the show and followed by a train of shimmering separates punctuated with geometric folds, a cricket vest, and floral appliqué. The beauty of this collection was in the subtle embellishment that when paired with the cool palette was a breath of fresh air. Kane was inspired by old photographs of girls in council-estate bedrooms with peeling paint and scrapbooks that he happened to find. These girls, Kane imagined, would be the mean girls in school and his inspiration grew from there.

It was the spark that incited Kane’s most celebrated collection to date. His decision to have the models walk in flat shoes was less for the models’ comfort, though the runway was very long indeed, but more for aesthetic purposes as he declared that miniskirts with heels look dated. Other noteworthy elements of the collection included an aluminum-based organza that featured in trousers and shifts as well as his collaboration with J Brand which resulted in beaded denim shorts and a pair of boyfriend-style jeans with shooting stars across the knees. Kane is already one of the most celebrated young designers at London Fashion Week but this collection is sure to his shoot his career to stratospheric levels. The front row, which included a surprisingly interview-shy Kanye West, sure seemed impressed.