It’s been a big year for Christopher Kane. After becoming part of the PPR umbrella, he may have felt he had a lot to prove. And, boy did he. His fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection cut the muster.
Citing the extra money from the PPR deal as a big reason the show was able to be such a success, but the lush fabrics, mystical designs, and beautiful shapes didn’t hurt. Camouflage played a major role in the collection. From the actual camo prints of blue and bronzes to the camouflaging of skin with mesh and translucent fabrics, the print made a fashionable return to the runway.
Mixing the camo with luscious velvets and furs created an upscale look rather than the redneck chic you may be expecting. The gorgeous wide-leg pants mixed with soft pants, the cutout dresses hinting in a miraculously delicate yet strong manner, and the overlapping of sheer panels to produce opaque dresses only mirrored the beautiful contradictions of Christopher Kane’s vision.
It wouldn’t be a Kane show without some graphic sweaters (this one of a brain inside a skull) and crazy textured dresses, so of course there were some of those. All in all, Christopher Kane brought it. Whether he wanted to prove that selling shares wouldn’t affect his vision or show that it would help his line or just to design some amazingly great clothes, it doesn’t matter. Christopher Kane is here to stay. And thank goodness for that.