LFW: Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2012

One of the most exciting designers to show at London Fashion Week, Christopher Kane's Spring/Summer 2012 collection was crisp, refreshing and to the point. The designer did delve into some new areas: knitwear and denim - but those aside, it was work as per usual for Kane, who once again pulled apart the basic shift dress, reassembled each design, piece-by-piece, leaving cut-outs and gaps where there wasn't any before, mostly in a triangular three-cut shape, streamline and sleek. 

Kane firstly went a tad sporty with V-neck cricket knit vests worn with metallic and floral skirts. These seemed harshly juxtaposed against the lavish elegance on offer - perhaps his way of making his designs more casual or somehow ironic. His best pieces were the blue florals which came later, in particular one look stood out: a clean white sleeveless top with a long square collar. The top was paired with a cut-out blue floral skirt with a risqué short hemline. Each design was paired with simple black, white and even printed flat sandals which were again, another odd contrast, strangely sterile and mass-made looking.

Kane's inspiration came from both his childhood, as well as youth in general, and although there was a little 60's influence on show, the shapes had shifted - chopped and changed, into the kind of modern experimentation that will influence designers for years to come.

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