First Look: Christopher Kane

We're going to call this the Spindle Collection for two reasons: When it debuted this morning on the London catwalk, you could tell pretty instantly t
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We're going to call this the Spindle Collection for two reasons: When it debuted this morning on the London catwalk, you could tell pretty instantly t
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We're going to call this the Spindle Collection for two reasons: When it debuted this morning on the London catwalk, you could tell pretty instantly that it was part of a much bigger thread, the one that spins from British and Scottish sewing traditions of needlepoint, weaving, and - well, lots of sheep. The difference is that Kane intersperses the fuzz with metal embellishments, with sequins, with really cinched waists that cut into his cableknits. The effect is cool, and tribal, and a little bit unsexy - not a bad thing when the current trend is to look, somehow, like your outfit has either imploded, exploded, or both. There was also some very cool string art happening, strewn across the bodices in patterns that looked like dream catchers, but also like a quantum physics charts where galaxies collide with time, and love can't stack up to gas and light years and infinity - but it was all contained in the space between one breast and the other. So the yarn / string / wool theme is one reason for the Spindle Collection, but the other is this: The models looked like needles with haystack hair. We support every designer's right to create their own vision, but we really like the vision better when it includes spaghetti, 1 % milk, and avocados. That said, we appreciated Liya Kebede because she had both the best skin and the best walk of any girl there, and she was 10 years older than most of them - exactly the right age to actually wear a Christopher Kane gown. --AMAZING PHOTOS, AS ALWAYS, FROM MORGAN O'DONOVAN

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