We’re not sure whether Christopher Kane is fed up with conventional tailoring or a sudden blow to the head has rendered him incapable of sewing – either way, his anti-seam antics have started a revolution that’s spilling out onto the street.
In a rebellious attitude to craft, Kane was among a small army of needle and thread dissidents that decided to do away with the idea of garment construction altogether. Showcasing collections connected entirely by pierced metal adornment, slivers of skin were revealed in a haphazard array of slashes, mismatched buttons, zippers and loose lacing that created an effect that was more alluring than undone.
Kick started by front row radicals like Rejina Pyo and J.W. Anderson, inventive adornment and punctured separates provide traditional silhouettes with extra kerb appeal. A defiant tactic that separates Kane and his contemporaries from the pretty yet powerful detailing seen elsewhere at Marchesa and Dior Couture, ribbons, bows and buttons have been replaced with metal pipe pendant earrings, washer-sized belt buckles and safety pins for AW17.
Reinforcing a bold move towards style over skill, raw jagged edges and industrial adornment celebrate an attitude-inducing aesthetic that’s bred at street level. A designer with a taste level that is guaranteed to rock the sartorial boat, Kane’s rip n’ tear attitude to construction offers the daring dresser a chance to entice some edgy allure into her seasonal rotation.
Waving ‘see ya later’ to seams, this dramatic asymmetrical sweatshirt has been designed with pierced silver hoops and a cutout shoulder panel. More rock-inspired than refined, this adaptation on a sportswear casual moves perforation and peek-a-boo detailing into a fresh new sphere; an embellished post-punk essential for anyone looking to make the hardware store their new hangout!
Worn with our classic Hepburn silk shirt in Lion in Winter, this pure white button up softly juxtaposes the hard glamour of this black cotton outfit topper. Blending soft touch essentials with chunky trimmings, this confrontational monochrome mash-up combines hard and soft in equal measures. Styled with raw-hem denim to keep the fashion narrative consistent, this top to toe look puts everything in perspective.
Paired with matching grommet lace-up boots and a chunky chain handbag, this Kane inspired ensemble screams ‘watch out, mean woman walking’ with a fierce and unapologetic approach to distressed styling. Replacing the stud as the new disobedient decoration for the season ahead, work an uncommon thread and enjoy piercing without the pain thanks to Christopher Kane and this hardworking separate from his latest collection.
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