MILAN--Young designers often find it difficult to balance two separate collections. Unlike the Karl Lagerfelds of the world, these emerging talents--Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Jason Wu come to mind--don't typically have massive teams to help them complete their workload. Sometimes, their talent allows them to overcome the challenge. Sometimes, it doesn't.
For Christopher Kane, who designs both his namesake collection and Versace's Versus, this hasn't been a problem. (He is lucky to have a mentor in Donatella Versace, as well as access to her resources.) Celebrating his fourth go at the label, the Scottish designer took a cue from his Fall 2009 collection with sheer black panels, updating them for Versace's little sister with loads of glitter, which formed graphic patterns on skirts and dresses. (In fact, the glitter was piled on so thick that you could see a trail of the stuff flying off the models as they made their turn on the runway.)
While last season's florals and plaids were well-received, they haven't gotten as much editorial play as the first two collections did. That won't be an issue this time around: Fall 2011 will work as well in Teen Vogue as it will in Vogue Paris.
**Photos by Imaxtree.