British designer Christopher Kane has been making headlines left and right as the fashion industry focus has settled onto his beloved city of London this week. But amidst a wealthy lineup of well-known names, Kane has managed to steal most of the spotlight. Last week, Kane's line for British retailer Topshop debuted to wild fanfare. WWD reported that fans lined up in the wee hours of the morning to snag an item of Kane's 39-piece collection for the store. The clothing and accessories collection is Topshop’s largest designer
collaboration to date, and features sleeveless dresses printed with a
giant photo of an open-mouthed crocodile, and embellished knitwear. The prices for the styles range from range from 30 pounds, or $49, for a black scarf embellished with
crystals, to 150 pounds, or $245, for a black eyelet baby-doll dress. While being unable to project exact first day sales after the mob scene, a spokesman for Topshop did say that 75 percent of Topshop’s online sales on Friday came from the new Kane collection. That would be from us Americans who didn't have a line to stand in.
Also, yesterday saw the Christopher Kane Spring 2010 show at London Fashion Week. Although the designer did take a risk in choosing gingham as a highlight of his show, his staunch construction of the breezy was met with rave reviews from critics. One such devotee was The New York Times critic Suzy Menkes (with whom I am now obsessed after hearing her speak in New York), who said Kane's pleated gingham prints, cardigans, and shoes were, "a mood and a message that ignited London's summer 2010 season." Menkes went on to laud Kane's "aerobic stretch of the imagination," noting he had succeeded in making gingham, "fashionable for the first time since the era of Brigitte Bardot." And if Christopher Kane's name wasn't already the most whispered along the front row, the designer sparked even more media attention when he featured reality show model Jenny Shimizu, and Lara Stone— the model who had skipped New York altogether—chose Kane's show as her first runway appearance of the day.
Article Source: NY Mag, WWD
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