Christopher Kane mixes florals, kilts, feathers and camouflage for LFW A/W13

Central Saint Martins grad shows he’s ready for the big time with huge London Fashion Week AW13 collection

Christopher Kane showed off an eclectic range of styles, fabrics and ideas at his London Fashion Week AW13 debut.

The Scottish designer opted for oversized army coats, plenty of camouflage coats, kaleidoscope embroidery patterns, luxurious velvet and feather trimmings on hems, necklines and cuffs.Geometric shapes, florals, feathers and cameo at Christopher Kane ©Getty

His eponymous label, which recently sold a 51 per cent stake to PPR, which also has stakes in Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, is hotly tipped to hit the big time this year, which is no doubt why we spotted Donatella Versace and Anna Windour in the FROW.

Trends from today’s show included a big focus on camouflage prints in blues, navy, red, brown and grey. We saw this in both coats and mini dresses with an eclectic range of buckles acting as both belts and necklines.


Crochet mini dresses in black and berry shades displayed a range of unusual stitches from ovals to flowers, and complicated necklines were used, with matching wrist cuffs.

Fur and feathers were also used in abundance, with feather tripping along off-the-shoulder dresses, along dress darting and at the collar. Oversized fur necklines and jackets were also incorporated, giving the range an added texture.Feathered hems, brain prints, spidery fabrics and crochet - a very eclectic show! ©Getty

We liked the used of chiffon-like materials to create fabric flowers on tops and skirts, giving a ruffle effect against sheer and mesh.

Christopher also showed off a repeated pattern of the human brain on tops, in multicolours, looking like a hospital scan.


An unusual look that finished the show was a spidery textured material on skits and across the centre of tops.

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