Christopher Kane, who nabbed this year's British Fashion Award, began his fall show auspiciously, with the coolest crochet knits your grandma has never seen.
Knit skirts and cardigans came in geometric patterns, with lava lamp liquid-filled plastic insets creating a homespun-meets-futuristic look. I wish Kane had lingered on the thought a little longer, pushing himself to do more with it.
Instead, day wear segued into an endless parade of little black dresses, one barely distinguishable from the next, with the same liquidy trim at the waist or necklines. (Reminded me of the "oily" stickers I used to collect as a kid.)
The finale dresses didn't say much more, merely adding clear sequins to the formula.
But looking up at the cheap seats, I couldn't help but notice Kane's cheering section, clad in the galactic- and floral-print T-shirts he's been producing as entry level products over the past couple of seasons.
The liquid-filled plastic motif will probably lend itself to similar saleable goodies, such as the awesome, lava-look plastic clutch purses seen on the runway.
--Booth Moore in London
Photos: Looks from the Christopher Kane fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.