I know what everyone is thinking; C must certainly be for Coco Chanel – No. While she is one of my all-time fave’s, I feel it’s only fair that other designers be showcased. Today I take a look at a British designer who is relatively new to the industry but has made such huge style waves that if you don’t know his name then you must certainly be living under a rock.
This British born and London based designer was born on the 26th July 1982, as the youngest of five siblings. He Kane attended Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and at the same time worked for fellow designers Russell Sage and Giles Deacon. His start to the industry was when he attracted the attention of Donatella Versace by winning the Lancôme Colour Award in 2005.
Kane went on to win the Harrods Design Award for his MA Graduate collection, which consisted of £1,500 and a showpiece window in Harrods from 24 February to 8 March 2006. In April 2006, Kane was awarded the Young Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Consequently, this lead to Kane launching a capsule collection for British high-street clothing store Topshop. It was no surprise that he was instantaneously hired by Versace to not only work on the label’s Atelier couture collection but also consult on shoes and accessories.
He made the decision to establish his namesake label in 2006. He did so with his sister, Tammy Kane, who studied at the Scottish College of Textile Design, runs the financial side of the business and also assists in his fabric creation and design process. His first independent show in September 2006, consisted of a range of micro-length bandage dresses in neon shades.
Unfortunately Kane was hit with a rather huge strike of bad luck when On 10 September 2007, a mere days before he was set to showcase his third collection, it was reported that 23 pieces from the Spring-Summer 2008 collection had been stolen from his London studio. However, this did not hinder Kane from presenting his third show and second collaboration with Blahnik. His luck turned around when in November of 2007, he was awarded New Designer of The Year at the British Fashion Awards. Kane has also been credited for single-handedly turning the fortunes of cashmere producer Johnstons of Elginby partnering with the company to produce his line of cashmere garments.
He has gone on to have quite a prolific career, He collaborated with Versace in 2009, producing a capsule collection of accessories for the younger Versus (Versace) – Donatella Versace herself later likened him to her late designer brother Gianni Versace.
A big step was in January 2013,when the company Kering ( which was previously known as PPR) and Kane conjointly announced that they have signed an agreement by which Kering acquires 51% of the designer’s luxury brand.
I look forward to seeing Kane listed in fashion history as an iconic designer, because I truly feel he has grown exponentially as a designer, he is talented and we will live to see some great work of his to come.
Here is a look at his 2007 Spring/Summer Collection…
And then a look at his 2015 Spring/Summer Collection…
“I’m so interested in fabrics and new techniques. I’m always learning. You wouldn’t ask a musician or an artist why they did something new. I think fashion is the same.”
~ Christopher Kane
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