Fashion Month Series

LFW: Christopher Kane SS14

Sometimes in fashion, influences and inspirations are subtle, confused or simply feature too many to pinpoint what the key idea behind the collection was. The ss14 Christopher Kane collection was different. Inspired by plants, the photosynthesis process and their anatomy gave Kane’s spring collection a fresh take on the traditional floral prints we have seen year on year around springtime.

Starting the collection with large petal cut outs on dresses, jumpers and trousers, these eye catching and detailed elements added something magical to the otherwise plain garments, both in colour and cut. The cut outs were then given a purpose; to replicate pockets and collars on some pieces, and to draw the onlookers eye down from the neckline to the hem to draw attention to the figure the cut outs were so cleverly showing.

Moving on from subtlety, Kane’s collection took a more direct root to his inspiration. Layering cosy, soft knit jumpers featuring the slogan ‘FLOWERS’ or ‘PETAL’ were layered over sheer lace skirts and printed diagrams of the inner workings of the flower itself. Kane has made science glamorous for us all.

Moving into more detail, Kane used brightly coloured illustrations of the stigma and petals and incorporated the use of the floral text previously seen on the knitwear. This collection was truly outstanding, both in design and concept.

Contributor: Sarah Stothard