KANE, Christopher Born Motherwell, Scotland, 1982. Interested in fashion from a young age, Christopher Kane left Scotland aged 17 to study at Central St Martin’s, and gained experience working with designers Giles Deacon and Russell Sage during his college years. He burst onto the London scene in 2006 with his MA graduate show, a collection of slinky body stockings woven together with gold rings. This show won the Harrods Design Award and attracted lots of attention, including that of influential US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who introduced him to Donatella Versace. Kane turned down Donatella’s job offer, choosing instead to focus on his own label with his sister Tammy, his close collaborator and business partner, but he did join Versace as a consultant from March 2006 onwards. In September 2006, Kane won New Generation sponsorship from the British Fashion Council and held his first independent catwalk show, an eye-catching collection of neon micro-mini dresses. “I did my neon dresses because I wanted to be brighter than anyone else,” said Kane. From then on, his shows have been one of the hottest tickets of London Fashion Week. He has won various other awards, including Designer of the Year in 2006 at the Scottish Fashion Awards, the BFC New Designer of the Year in November 2007 and BFC British Collection of the Year 2009. His strong affinity with Versace continues and he now designs for diffusion line Versus, showing his first full womenswear collection in Milan in September 2009. Donatella Versace says: “His rock’n’roll style is very powerful – tough but feminine at the same time.” Kane’s passionate attention to detail helps him to stand out from his contemporaries, as does his feisty mix of the ladylike with the provocative – as seen in his S/S2011 collection of neon-coloured lace dresses. “I like the idea of making ugly pretty,” he says. His graphic print T-shirts and dresses featuring vivid images from a mushroom cloud to wild animals and orchids have brought Kane widespread recognition, particularly after a sell-out collection for Topshop in September 2009 brought his roaring gorilla print to the high street. Christopher Kane was nominated Designer of the Year in the 2010 Fashion Awards.
Photo. Above; The ladies dressed in Neon backstage at Christopher Kane during London Fashion week.. Right; Christopher Kane