Yesterday morning, over espresso shots and oatmeal at Barneys new interactive genes@CO-OP cafe (each place setting has a touch screen so you can browse Barneys on a flat screen before you shop it IRL), Christopher Kane presented his new resort collab for J Brand.
Kane's line is synonymous with neon ("it's part of my DNA now" he said) so it's no surprise that his collection for the denim powerhouse, the first of many, is DayGlo-tastic. There are flares and shorts in bubble gum pink, highlighter yellow and safety cone orange with cute little cropped jean jackets to match. The line is available now at Barneys and everything is under $300.
J Brand's founder and CEO Jeff Rudes interviewed the charming and humble Glaswegian designer about fast food, TV, oh, and fashion. He likes french fries, AMC's The Walking Dead (but is very scared of zombies so scared he fast forwards through bits), and is inspired by the women around him in his native Scotland, because, he said, "they aren't even trying."
We asked him about Kate Middleton, as he'd been quoted that morning in WWD as saying that he wished she wore more designers and didn't like "the high street getting so much of the credit." "Michelle Obama wears such a great mix," he said. "Kate is so iconic it would be nice for her to step it up. It's a shame she's not taking advantage [and wearing designers]." So would he like to see Kate in his own designs? "Yeah," he said. But he's being patient. "She'll be around for a while."
He might not have to wait so long. The Duchess is a big fan of J Brand. Can you see her in neon?
Check out the full Christopher Kane for J Brand collection.