Christopher Kane's much anticipated London Fashion Week debut didn't disappoint. The New Generation sponsored designer showcased a brassy collection that will appeal to a kind of woman as he describes: "doesn't do demure, doesn't do nice, and doesn't do her own laundry."

Whilst the collection was certainly a high-octane combination of confident sexuality with boudoir chic, there was a certain sophistication that lacked. Block colour dresses in shorter-than-short lengths were teamed with swarovski crystal, or with nude or black ruffled lace. Whilst the look is definitely fresh, lace shoulder detailing accessorised with rock & roll rings, it hardly constitutes British avant-garde design at its best, nor is it an easy aesthetic to wear.

The highlight of the show was its opening when models wore fresh, bright, neon-coloured belted dresses. References to early Gianni Versace were apparent, but this time round more directional and edgy. Definitely not for the faint-hearted or those with body mass index issues.

 

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