Christopher Kane Spring Summer 2014

I’m guessing the reason why Christopher Kane was acquired by Kering is because they are keen to start a trend of buying up small businesses in hopes that some of them will become big and make them lots of money. I don’t think Christopher Kane is going to be one of those brands. I’ll admit the infusion of cash has resulted in a bigger show and therefore more themes – and some of the ideas are actually nice. But for the most part, this is gimmicky clothing that looks cheap at the best of times.

I love…

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really pretty pleated panels on the front of this dress.

I loathe…

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these weird teardrop shaped cut-outs. There are too many of them, and they are gimmicky.

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did I mention the tear drop cut outs were tacky, too?

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sweatshirts on the international runways. This has GOT to stop.

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that this looks like a children’s craft project.

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when satin looks cheap.

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four digit dresses that say “Flower” on them, in a font that appears to be Arial. Really?

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Rajan Sami

    Had to laugh at ‘Arial’.

    Your point about Kering buying up small brands reminds me of the time the Tom Ford/Domenico De Sole held Gucci Group/PPR machine invested in Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen and bought out Balenciaga and Bottega Venetta (if I remember correctly). I wonder which of these investments paid off for them.

  • @Elaryen

    I pretty much agree on not liking much of Kane’s SS14 collection. So far actually a lot of LFW left me “meh bleh whatever, who wants to wear that crap”. I did like the shoes here. Would have used the teardrop lot more sparingly/differently. All in all it screams “edit me, please!”

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’m pretty sure McQueen and McCartney are both profitable now. But I feel like they were slightly more established at the time, maybe that is just me.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    “Edit me” or maybe just “don’t buy me.” ;-)

  • Rajan Sami

    You’re right. Maybe they’re getting in earlier with designers who’ve shown promise (or have reasonable editorial hype) to get a bigger slice of the pie for less ;-)

  • @Elaryen

    Edit. I am far off buying at any rate. But I’d totally like to swoop in and be all “No no no, add this, take off that, change around. Okay that’s better.”

  • Olivia

    You are spot on. The Kane customer is a wealthy young woman whose aesthetic is still stuck in art school. There is no right or wrong in fashion, but this level of work does not warrant the 500 to 1000 quid price tag. It is still scratching the surface in terms of that incredible precision and polished quality that was achieved by McQueen.

  • Cheryl W.

    That last dress would have been something if it weren’t for the tacky flowers and Arial applique. This collection is all over the place.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, I agree there were some nice ideas here, they were just executed very poorly.

  • Cheryl W.

    Is that a big problem these days? Lots of designers seem to have little or no concept of editing. :/