Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was the inspiration behind Christopher Kane’s spring/summer 2013 collection, but this display was a far cry from the gothic fantasy of his last catwalk offering. Instead, Kane peeled back the layers of his designs, exposing the inner workings of each garment, layering models with skeletal plastic frames and placing the structure of his creations in the spotlight.
The importance of texture was made clear from the outset as the show opened with an all-white padded biker jacket and pencil skirt, while later looks made use of layered panelling and three-dimensional bow embellishment. The mix of floaty femininity with tough plastic coatings and oversized nuts and bolts was especially effective; the colour scheme was filled with sugarplum pink and custard-cream yellow, while sheer hems on pretty midi dresses gave viewers a glimpse of the mechanisms beneath.
Frankenstein’s monster made an appearance on a slash-necked vest top while the finale look, featuring lace panels covered with black masking tape, perfectly encapsulated the exposed-construction theme. It may have been a collection inspired by one of literature’s most renowned monsters, but in Kane’s hands the creations were never less than beautiful.
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