The best fashion collections speak louder than the cloth they are made from. They create an atmosphere that is so inherently reflective of the socio-political sentiment of interested parties that they live, breath on the streets and through editorials as more than the sum of their parts.
Christopher Kane's collections - whether evoking cheesy eighties debutantes in head-to-toe pastel and lace, or homespun nostalgia through crochet and lava lamp-like plastic - do this, and his Winter 2012-13 collection just shown at London Fashion Week is no exception.
According to ShowStudio, Kane's inspiration began with a Joseph Szabo photograph of an alienated teen and he made her stylistic points - moire, dark purple and rough-and-ready textures - cornerstones of his. While ShowStudio also criticized Kanes attention-to-theme as sacrificial to his ability to progress his silhouettes and develop an overall direction of his own, we think Kane's simultaneous subcultural affliction and seasonal surprises are what cement his aesthetic.