For Fall 2011 Christopher Kane gave himself the challenge of finding a textile that was completely new, leading him to his collection filled with intriguing, otherworldly dresses made from liquid-filled plastic that metamorphosed and bubbled when worn. These colorful touches served as vibrant, unexpected trim to a slew of sexy black dresses as well as scale-like sequin frocks. To see the whole collection, watch our complete coverage now!
>> Christopher Kane, along with four other emerging London-based designers, teamed with J Brand to release a limited edition denim collection last September (pictured above, Kane's contribution center). The 5 X 5 project, as it was called, must have done well for both parties, because Kane is back again, partnering with J Brand to create a "jeanswear" capsule collection, using "denim and other fabrications that J Brand's offering encompasses" as part of his Resort 2012 collection.
It sounds like the partnership is expected to span further than one season. “We have the potential to grow a very strong denim business,” says Kane. And J Brand CEO Jeff Rudes echoes: "We are delighted to be working with Christopher to build a long term viable denim business with him."
While the 5 X 5 project was only available in five select British department stores, the upcoming collection, which is expected to hit stores in late 2011, will be sold to both Kane and J Brand stockists. As Anna Wintour points out: "[The collection] is obviously going to help [Kane's] visibility in the States. He's a young man with a huge future ahead of him."
>> Crochet details have been remixed and remastered for Fall 2011, infusing the once hippie-associated trend with a breath of fresh air. Proenza Schouler created a high-contrast black and neon crochet skirt; Christopher embedded the knit into a sweatshirt silhouette; and Edun embellished its woven skirt with a tassel detailing. Add their looks to your wish list for later, and shop our crochet picks available now!
>> Another season, another London Fashion Week down. But which six collections do we see sticking in our minds for the ages? Cue slideshow.
>> It wouldn't be right for us to move on to Milan Fashion Week without giving you an up close and personal look at the top shoes and bags straight out of London. After all, the city across the pond showed some amazing pieces. Our top 18 picks include open-wedge sandals from David Koma; a fun and furry oversized clutch from Holly Fulton; and this printed velvet bootie from Erdem, seen left. And it only gets better — start clicking to see covetable pieces from Burberry, Christopher Kane, Mulberry, and more!
- James Franco interviews Gucci designer Frida Giannini for Harper's Bazaar — Stylelist
- Versace regains control of the Versus label — Vogue UK Daily
- House of Holland's kooky fashion video — Nylon Blog
- Rumors about Stefano Pilati's fate at YSL resurface — The Cut
- Brooklyn Decker's Just Go With It style — InStyle
- Marc Jacobs's prom-queen-worthy JJ patent leather corsage clutch — Bag Snob
- Daisy Lowe talks Christopher Kane and walking for Vivienne Westwood — FabSugar UK
- Is Jennifer Aniston's little black dress a hit or miss? — People StyleWatch
- A few of our favorite things from London Fashion Week — Vogue Daily
- Shop Spring 2011's runway looks right now — Fashionologie
Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
>> We're currently in the thick of Fall 2011 London Fashion Week, but that doesn't mean we can't take a quick breather to check out all of the new Spring 2011 runway looks currently dropping in a store near you. In ode to all of the designers showing their collections across the pond, check out what's hot, new, and available right now from the Spring runways of Acne, Burberry, Topshop Unique, and Christopher Kane.
>> Phoebe Philo took this year's top prize — Designer of the Year — tonight at the British Fashion Awards over fellow nominees Erdem Moralioglu and Christopher Kane, while Lara Stone won the battle of the pretty faces, scoring Model of the Year over David Gandy and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Popular vote determined Alexa Chung winner of the British Style Award, recognizing "an individual who embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital.” And Sarah Burton — who designed two dresses for Special Recognition awardee Naomi Campbell (for a 25 year-long career) to choose from for the festivities — accepted the posthumously-awarded Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design prize for Lee Alexander McQueen, noting, "We will always miss him."
The full list of 2010 winners (nominees can be seen here):
Designer of the Year: Phoebe Philo for Celine
BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design: Lee Alexander McQueen
Designer Brand of the Year: Mulberry
Accessory Designer of the Year: Nicholas Kirkwood
Menswear Designer of the Year: Patrick Grant for E.Tautz
Model of the Year: Lara Stone
Emerging Talent Award — Accessories: Husam El Odeh
Emerging Talent Award — Ready-to-Wear: Meadham Kirchhoff
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator of the Year: Nicola Formichetti
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
Special Recognition Award: Naomi Campbell
Digital Innovation Award: Burberry