Is it fair to call a young designer who has won the attention (and accolades) of fashion’s top editors, not to mention been courted by one of the biggest names in fashion, Donatella Versace, an up-and-comer? It would seem Christopher Kane has already arrived. With only five years under his belt, Kane is hardly a seasoned fashion veteran, but there is no denying he has a place in the upper echelons of the industry.
The designer graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins in 2006, and immediately began work on his namesake label, with the help of his sister, business partner, and fit model, Tammy Kane. He showed his first collection, neon body-con bandage dresses, in September 2006, and it was picked up by stores in London, Paris, and Milan. Since then, Christopher Kane has delivered season after season of well-constructed, forward fashion.
Kane caught the eye of Versace early in his career, and after some wooing, agreed to work on the brand’s Versus collection in 2008, turning out a capsule collection of accessories first, then dress ranges in the seasons following. Last month, a few days after he walked a return to neon down the London catwalk for his own spring 2011 collection, he staged his first Versus runway show in Milan. Both collections, naturally, were met with critical acclaim.