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Christopher Kane Autumn Winter 2015 London Fashion Week Credit: Getty

Christopher Kane AW15


It was with great sadness that Christopher Kane dedicated this AW15 show to his late mother, Christine Kane, who passed away just three days prior.

As with all Kane shows, there was a dynamic display of concepts. The show opened with strong suiting; flared trousers made reference to the ‘70s influence, while sharply-tailored smoking jackets were given a flash of colour with bright red and purple velvet lapels. Moving on to dresses and separates; shimmering sheer fabrics offered sultry flashes of flesh, elegant silk ruffles added volume to feminine sweaters and statement lightning bolts cut across black fabrics in bold blues and lusty reds. A show highlight was a series of high-shine chainmail dresses given a softer spin with floral lace trims. With inspiration largely drawn from a series of life-drawing classes staged in his Dalston studio, silhouetted naked bodies and illustrated nudes were a recurring motif - a creation the designer called "lover's lace". Appearing as intricate patterns crafted in beautiful sheer tulle, these suggestive images added a sensual edge to the designs and decorated everything from LBDs to metallic pleated skirts.

Kane noted he wanted “a feeling of attraction and sensuality” for this show, something “sexual but not grotesque”. Anything but ordinary, Kane has created a collection which is highly provocative yet tasteful and chic.  

Who we saw: Salma Hayek.

What they wore: An architectural black and pink Kane creation.

In a nutshell: Sensual yet strong.  

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