A casual observer of Christopher Kane's Spring 2013 show might not believe it was inspired by Dr. Frankenstein's monster — until he or she saw the nuts and bolts holding some of its dresses together, that is.
Kane confessed that he loves "that book by Mary Shelley," and he showed his love with a collection pieced together from seemingly disparate elements. White quilted jackets with soft shoulders opened the show. These led to suiting buttoned up with clear bolts and dresses in a palette of pale pink, yellow, white, and gray that got the bolted treatment, too. The bows that topped a few of these dresses were made into prints on other pink and brown dresses devoid of any hints of Kane's monstrous influence. But the inspiration popped back up toward the end of the show, on a sleeveless shirt that had the monster's face screen-printed on the front and a pink dress whose white embroidery was affixed with what looked like black electrical tape.