WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The London designer has been broadening his vision to the accessories category, with shoes as eccentric and irreverent as the ready-to-wear he is best known for.
You probably already know who Christopher Kane is – the Central Saint Martins design graduate behind one of London’s most irreverent, independent labels. But we’re here to remind you that this is a brand that is worth pressing the follow button for and keeping up to date with.
The obvious reason would be the ongoing importance of supporting independent labels during these uncertain times, but there’s plenty more: In a sea of homogenous design, Kane, who runs his brand with his sister Tammy, has continued to build a universe of his own that’s all about imagination, eccentricity and an anything-goes attitude.
His inspirations can range from “saucy knickers” to fetishes or nature – and he has a knack for combining this out-there creativity with the right amount of practicality: Think knits embellished with giant crystals or padded gel pockets; T-shirts with tongue-in-cheek slogans like “Eco-Sexual;” and plenty of sexy chainmail dresses, a material first gifted to him by Donatella Versace, a known fan of his work, and turned into a brand signature.
What’s even better is that in the last year, Kane, who first became known for his ready-to-wear, has been broadening his scope to shoes. And they are as upbeat and sparkly as his clothing, with some of the highlights including patent leather pumps dripping with crystals, boots featuring his signature gel pad embellishments, or PVC color-block kitten heels.
This week, the brand has also just released a festive capsule collection which includes leather slides embellished with giant round crystals and a pair of velvet-trimmed pumps featuring a cool, curved heel and the same crystals.
The new collection, dubbed “All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go” was captured by Joseph Bates, a graduate from this year’s Central Saint Martins communication course.
An advocate of inclusion from day one, Kane has been offering up his Instagram account to Central Saint Martins BAME [Black, Asian and minority ethnic] students to promote their new digital magazine, Platform. Through the Platform project a collaboration with Bates was also born, who got to style and shoot the new holiday collection at home.
Now more than ever is the time to take pleasure in dressing up, even if there is nowhere to go, said Kane.
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