Christopher Kane | LFW SS 17
Marking a decade with his label, Christopher Kane let go of his obsession with science and moved into DIY mode. He adopted the “Make Do and Mend” mantra that the British Ministry of Information promulgated during World War II. A pamphlet with that title advised housewives how to be frugal and stylish in times of harsh rationing.
Now brace yourselves: Kane put every model in Crocs, those marshmallow shoes that children and seniors favor. He studded his with the same polished mineral stones he also stuck as crude decorations on meaty cardigans, slim knits and lady suits. There was a whiff of early John Galliano to many of these humble, makeshift ensembles, heightened by the crumpled, off-kilter hobo hats by Stephen Jones.
The show opened with what Kane dubbed “road kill” furs. They looked right out of a thrift shop, and were as quirky as the metallic or sheer animal-print coats with slashed sleeves.