Christopher Kane - part I

Christopher Kane is one of a few young designers, who reached fashion stratosphere within only few years. Scottish-born "Wunderkind" quickly earned a great reputation and accumulated many accolades since his debut collection in 2006. The collection was full of body-clinging shapes, "Herve Leger meets disco poodle" (as one of the attendees described it) dresses. His debut was excellently received and it took only few collections to prove that the young designer is capable of bringing something exciting to the table every season. His clothes resonate well with younger clientele, they are edgy and playful. Kane's enormously creative collections made great impressions not only on customers and journalists, but also many important people in the fashion world. Anna Wintour is a huge fan of Christopher Kane and so is Donatella Versace, who offered him a job shortly after his graduation from Central Saint Martins fashion college in London. Instead of creating for Versace's main line , Kane decided to focus on Versace's less expensive line, Versus. "His point of view-edgy but glamorous-is very British but very Versus, like the attitude Versus had in the 90s", said Donatella Versace.

"Christopher Kane is fashion's Willy Wonka, his mad factory churning out curious concoctions of lace and leather, gingham and rubber, crochet and plastic. His knack for "wickedly original" pairings of strange materials and references has earned him a reputation as a playful conjurer who, as Vogue's Sarah Mower wrote in 2012, "taps into teenage naughtiness while also tickling the antennae of serious international chic" (American Vogue).

It should come as little or no surprise that collections of the brilliant, young designer sparked equally great interest from investors. Several months ago (in January), Christopher Kane joined the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. 51% of his company was acquired by French luxury group PPR (or to be precise PPR at the time of the acquisition, PPR subsequently changed its name to Kering). Francois-Henri Pinault explained Kering's decision: "Christopher is a truly great talent who has shown a real sense of modernity in the way he mixes elegance and subtle constructions... [the brand] has tremendous intrinsic growth potential".

 

Christopher Kane jest jednym z nielicznych młodych projektantów, którym udało się zdobyć szczyty świata mody w przeciągu zaledwie kilku lat. Szkockie "cudowne dziecko" zdobyło sobie doskonałą reputację w świecie mody wkrótce po zaprezentowaniu swojej pierwszej kolekcji w 2006 roku. Kolekcja składała się głównie z dopasowanych sukienek mini, "połączenia Herve Leger z disco", jak to określiła jedna z uczestniczek pokazu. Kane dość szybko udowodnił, że jest bardzo kreatywny i każdy jego kolejny pokaz był zupelnie różny od poprzedniego. Kolekcje Kane'a zachwyciły nie tylko klientów i dziennikarzy, ale również ważne postacie świata mody. Anna Wintour wypowiadała się wielokrotnie o młodym projektancie w bardzo pozytywny sposób, podobnie jak Donatella Versace, która zaproponowała mu pracę wkrótce po ukończeniu przez niego studiów w Central Saint Martins. Kane zdecydował się projektować dla tańszej linii Versace- Versus. "His point of view-edgy but glamorous-is very British but very Versus, like the attitude Versus had in the 90s"- stwierdziła Donatella.

Amerykański Vogue napisał o projektancie w następujący sposób: "Christopher Kane is fashion's Willy Wonka, his mad factory churning out curious concoctions of lace and leather, gingham and rubber, crochet and plastic. His knack for "wickedly original" pairings of strange materials and references has earned him a reputation as a playful conjurer who, as Vogue's Sarah Mower wrote in 2012, "taps into teenage naughtiness while also tickling the antennae of serious international chic".

Biorąc pod uwagę ogromne sukcesy Kane'a, trudno się dziwić, że udało mu się również uzyskać znakomitego inwestora. W styczniu bieżącego roku, francuski koncern PPR (w owym momencie jeszcze PPR, obecnie zmieniono nazwę na Kering) zakupił 51% firmy. Kane znalazł się pośród takich marek, jak Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, czy Stella McCartney, które również należą do PPR. Francois-Henri Pinault skomentował decyzję swojego koncernu następująco: "Christopher is a truly great talent who has shown a real sense of modernity in the way he mixes elegance and subtle constructions ... [the brand] has tremendous intrinsic growth potential".

 

Ewa Bytomska

 

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