Christopher Kane, one of the most capable and celebrated talents on the London fashion scene, showed his Fall/Winter 2016 collection today. Known for his ever-inventive and original takes on women's wardrobe staples, Kane said he looked for "hoarders" for F/W 2016. With this in mind, there were touches of the everyday woven throughout a collection of standout mink coats; streaming ribbon, ostrich feather and mop-like fringe-trimmed frocks and jackets; and accessories that took the form of stiff plastic bag head-coverings (which will undeniably end up on street style stars like Anna Dello Russo in no time). And Kane presented us with a compelling collection, of course.
Our F/W 2016 critic’s take on the collection (follow him on Twitter at @ndakogboya): “It was a mixed bag of (underworked or overworked) ideas, that ranged from banal to excellent. The collection was full of ideas, over the brim, and he probably should have edited it down a bit more. He comes up with an idea, but then it feels like he puts all the results on the runway, so to speak. The use of feathers, for example, was clever! But three takes on feathers would have been enough, etc. The result is that it feels like there's no closure. There is always another twist and another twist. Sometimes I feel it's as if he does not know how to be commercial, but he shouldn't. He's enough.”