Christopher Kane Fall Winter 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Fashion and celluloid make for the perfect marriage. The two have gone hand in hand since time immemorial it seems. But every season, there’s that one seemingly random film that serves as the source material and inspiration behind a collection. Last season, that distinction – for the most random film inspiration in the fashion week cycle – belonged to Akris, whose Spring outing was sparked from John Frankenheimer’s 60s action flick ‘Grand Prix’. This season, so far, it goes to Christopher Kane, who just served up quite the doozy.

For Fall, Kane looked to William Friedkin’s early 80s cult-classic ‘Cruising’, with Al Pacino as an undercover cop on the tracks of a serial killer offing gay men in the final days of disco. It could not have been a more inverses, about-face performance for Kane, who sucked out the lustre and sweet nostalgia of his brilliant Spring performance and embraced the seedy underbelly of the night life scene with sumptuous velvets, mordant pinstripes and bouquets of flowers more appropriate for the Grand Guignol than for sweetheart corsages. It was a completely new articulation from last season, but by no means any less beguiling.