Just when we thought we'd got our heads around the spring/summer '13 trends (delicate white, bold geometrics, florals-aplenty — you know the score), Christopher Kane lands us with this delectably sinister goth fest. The London Fashion Week heavyweight has unveiled his first-ever pre-fall collection, and frankly, it's confused our fashion brain.
Gone is spring's cheery optimism, replaced by a collection that's dark, brooding, and kind of awesome. Apparently, Mr Kane was inspired by Hammer horror films
, which goes some way to explain the twisted mood. He even gets literal with the odd Dracula t-shirt and slashed skirt (presumably detailed by an obliging werewolf). The collection is wrapped up in a lurid palette of deep purple, brown, black, and electric blue, with a liberal dose of leather and heavy velvet.
Of course, the designer is a horror buff, so this fascination with the macabre is nothing new. The candy-coloured creations on the designer's spring/summer '13 runway nodded to Frankenstein, and for autumn/winter '12, coffin linings were the big influence. But this debut pre-fall collection takes Kane's pleasingly creepy aesthetic to a whole new level. Maybe since he jacked in the Versus gig, he's been able to spend some Q.T. geeking out on even more vintage horror flicks? It's a theory.
And if all this gut-wrenching horror is too much for you, look on the bright side: The collection won't hit stores until May, and we'll probably all be fed up of spring's cheerfulness by then.
Photos courtesy of Christopher Kane