CHRISTOPHER KANE SS23
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He’s back in London fashion week after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus. Women’s bones, muscles, petals, and a cake-like lace frosting. These are the core of Christopher Kane SS23 collection. At first glance, these might sound like an unusual combination. But all things make sense with amazement once you see his collection.
This season, science and nature were his inspiration to build the collection. He focused on the human body and revealed the external and internal beauty of each of us. Under the concept of a celebration of the beauty and complexity of the human organism, the collection delivered empowerment and thrill to the audience.
The collection began with sweet pastel green silk organza suits inspired by physicians’ uniforms reborn with his minimalism. A delicate white rose lace trim on suits contrasts beautifully with green sheer organza.
Like a lace frosting on a piece of cake, the lacy details cover the pastel outfits in green, pink, yellow, blue, and white. Slits of the skirt at both sides refer to dissected layers of skin, slightly exposing the thighs of the models.
To illustrate the exterior muscles of the body, the model’s top was caged with clear plastic straps with silver miniscule buckles that embody six-pack muscles on the abdomen.
Also, sequined dresses incised above the breasts and bralettes with lace trim are noticeable in many outfits, which beautifully expresses femininity. While the cut-outs frame emphasizes the strength of the muscles, it is protecting and dissecting the body at the same time. Besides, muscle and bone are both daunting and seducing.
In an anatomical approach, Kane added applique anatomical drawings on outfits, which included hands, arms, legs, and feet. Each symbolizes the power and strength of women’s bodies as well as anatomic beauty.
Responding to the anti-abortion movement in America, two hand-shape applique crossed the model’s pelvis.
For knitwear, he presented feminine cardigans featuring silver trigger hooks. The twinset cardigan was inspired by young Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.
Meanwhile, flower patterns, his signature theme appeared with vivid colors like orange, pink, black and blue. The flowers convey messages of love, celebrations, and condolences and express things that cannot be spoken.