Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Super Monday as World Looks to London Shows; Kane Shows His Star Quality with Brainstorm of Exciting Ideas

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Super Monday as World Looks to London Shows; Kane Shows His Star Quality with Brainstorm of Exciting Ideas

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Byline: Karen Dacre Fashion Editor, at London Fashion Week

LONDON Fashion Week hit "Super Monday" today with a series of highprofile catwalk shows attracting attention from around the world.

Christopher Kane, Britain's most exciting young designer, cemented his place in a supergroup of global fashion designers with a collection inspired by explosions in the brain.

The show -- his biggest to date -- delighted international press and buyers, as well as guests Salma Hayek and Donatella Versace who has supported Kane since he graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2006.

Taking MRI scans as a reference point, Kane unveiled dresses crafted from delicately embroidered piping and ripped silk flowers, and oversized coats fastened using patent buckles. Plastic cords and shimmering jewels acted as embellishments, while sweaters printed with a brain scan motif were worn with swinging black kilts. Teal and black feathers were stitched into seams on architectural dresses.

"The brain works in mysterious ways," said Kane, adding: "I just had to get all the ideas out." The designer, who sold a 51 per cent stake of his business to fashion conglomerate PPR this year, said he wanted the collection to appear "magical but also frightening too".

Other big names on the fourth day of Fashion Week today were Burberry, staging its collection in Kensington Gardens this afternoon, and former Gucci designer Tom Ford this evening.

Belgian design duo Peter Pilotto opened proceedings with a collection inspired by medieval art. Flat-front trousers were detailed with flashes of 3D prints, while rectangular overcoats were finished with intricate embroidered curlicues. Continuing his dedication to creating red carpet cocktail dresses, Pilotto, with business partner Christopher de Vos, also showed structured calf-length dresses with capsleeve details.

Hackney-based Australian designer Richard Nicoll showed contemporary glamour last night, with cashmere overcoats in ivory and grey and fluid silk evening dresses. Kane and Nicoll are among a group of British designers using the internet to put their brands on the global stage and this week promises to be the world's most digitally advanced fashion showcase. …

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