For Pre-Fall, Christopher Kane and the work of Austrian artist Heinrich Reisenbauer have come together, with the artist’s iconic illustrative style rendered across a range of silhouettes and pieces. Graphics are bright and bold, ranging from large flowers to smiling faces and buttercup yellow imaginings of the sun. The latter is especially welcome, and offered with a nice serving of irony, especially when imagined in waterproof material.
Following on from his obsession with pansies for his SS17, Kane has expanded his motif to focus on bright, painted versions of flowers courtesy again of Reisenbauer. Worked across thick white jumpers, sheer skirts and with pendants on necklaces, the combination of colour and form ensures a play into the ‘more is more’ vibe, while offering a refined and elegant finish.
And there are thin knits on offer too. Lightly sprinkled with sequins, these are the exact kind of transitional pieces you need to segue from summer to crisp autumnal days. We love the bright, optimistic blue – the sartorial twinkle to add shine to any dreary day.
The pre-fall notably doesn’t feature crocs, the sensation-causing accessory of his SS17 shows. But while ugly footwear may be out, Kane’s penchant for eye-catching embellishment isn’t. In this latest drop, sequins are supplemented by feathered pom poms and eyelet details.
The collection is the latest in fashion’s increasingly intimate relationship with art this year. Highlights of 2017 have included Burberry’s collaboration with Henry Moore and Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons handbags.
And culture you can wear is certainly a trend we can get behind.