Kane and McQueen Define London Fashion Week
From the quirky to the feminine and flirty, London Fashion Week brings the best of British fashion
Scotland’s own Christopher Kane transformed the massive Turbine Hall in London’s Tate Modern Museum into his own runway for London Fashion Week. The designer’s collection could be best described as quirky. Several reviewers were far less kind as they felt it was less high fashion and more towards crazy bag lady.
With Samantha Cameron, wife of the British Prime Minister in attendance, the designer paid tribute to his late mother by incorporating her penchant for wearing rain bonnets. This apparently explains the discarded plastic carrier bags that sat on the head of several models. The palette stuck to neutral tones, deep reds and greys, save for the lone shocking orange creation. Using corrugated cardboard, the designer crafted camel-colored coats while decaying woolly jumpers are held up with metal pins. The dresses in the collection saw the fabric trail into individual fraying strips.
Another designer to get the attention of the fashion world was Alexander McQueen, under the helm of Sarah Burton. After a more-than decade-long absence from London Fashion Week, the return of one of Britain’s famous sons showcased a mix of ultra feminine and edgy pieces. Continuing the trend from last season of shades of pink with butterflies and flowers, the designs also featured hints of leather in the form of bustiers and jackets. There was a princess like feel with the lace, silk and chiffons that appeared in crystal encrusted full-length gowns.
Contrasting collections aside, the designers certainly showed the fashion world what British style is always on point.
Images here are courtesy of Alexander McQueen and the AFP for Christopher Kane.