Christopher Kane’s athleisure focus continues. The designer once again chose to reinvent his laceless neoprene sneaker this season, adding a smoky watercolor print and clear blue buckle. The style is a recurring shoe in Kane’s collections and quickly becoming a signature, though the clothes were less sporty this time around.
Tapered pants may have overstayed their welcome. Kane is among designers ready for something bigger, so he made wide and cropped pants the foundation of his young, energetic fall collection, which borrowed the car-crash theme from his last women’s spring collection.
“The denims are massive,” Kane said, noting the silhouette is reminiscent of a mechanic in his overalls. His sweatshirts, T-shirts, sweaters and even tailored jackets echo the boxy shape of the bottoms.
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With this oversize, streetwear silhouette as a canvas, Kane added metallic appliqués resembling gleaming, albeit crushed, fenders; computer graphics of imploding cars; vivid piping and fuzzy or Lurex zigzags.
“Boys are really drawn to something graphic. They don’t want just a black sweatshirt,” said Kane, who must be slyly aware of how his clothes must pop in images shared on social media.