MILAN–It was clear Versus was in a playful mood before the presentation started. The set was a playground complete with a swing set, a slide, and one of those spinny chair things. Despite the fact that the models never actually slid down the slide (much to my dismay), Christopher Kane’s collection for Versus made good on that promise of playground fun.
The first looks out were bright tartans that seemed to reflect on Kane’s Scottish heritage, though they were all prints drawn from the Versus archives. Then he infused the tartans with tight neon floral prints that crossed over the bust on knee-length, form fitting, ruched dresses and inserted them into the pleats of kilts. Gradually the prints gave way to bold rainbow bright color blocked dresses.
That’s my take. Here’s Kane’s:
“For this Versus SS11 collection I played with combining floral, tartan stripe prints from the Versus archive, to achieve twisted and drape mesh dresses. The colour palette is very bright and optimistic (yellow, green, purple, orange, red and blue). I have worked printed mesh into longer, leaner dresses, and knitwear for a more casual sporty/grungy approach. The core of the collection is multi drape stretch mesh dresses using layers of printed mesh. Short comes in multicoloured pop dresses. Shoes and bags feature print and brogue details.”
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