Christopher Kane Fall 2016 RTW Line Features Plastic and Deconstruction

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For his fall/winter 2016 collection at London Fashion WeekChristopher Kane looked to an interesting source of inspiration. Artist Abraham Cruzvillegas put together the set for the show, which was of scaffolding, wood, and soil.

Christopher Kane Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW - London Fashion Week

“I’ve been obsessed with hoarders,” he told WWD after his show. The garments in the line certainly gave off that vibe, from the continuous DIY characterized pieces and the innovative flower patterns, which were actually inspired by the decaying process of flowers. You can see the floral prints at the beginning of the line, which appear to be photographs of live, colorful roses.

By the end of the collection, Kane is giving the audience flower-printed black lace, but in the middle is where the decaying process can be viewed. The vibrant print grows green and brown, muddied, and the flowers are beginning to wilt. By the time you get to the black lace at the end the entire process has been laid out from the roses’ prime to their death.

The headwear in the Christopher Kane fall 2016 collection certainly caused for one to pause and contemplate the decision. Stiff plastic adorned many of the models’ heads to accompany their looks, worn like kerchiefs. They didn’t seem to add much to the overall theme of the collection, and without context appear to have no meaning in correspondence with the collection. However, the collection is able to dig a little deeper with its correlation to the Kanes’ mother, who passed away earlier last year.

“Our mum used to embarrass us when she picked us up from school wearing one of those plastic rain hats,” said Kane’s sister Tammy. With this addition, the headwear makes sense as an addition, but is only one of many inspiration aspects to accompany it within the line. The family grew up in the ’90s outside of Glasgow, which is always a contributing factor to Kane’s work, and of course there was the hoarders theme throughout. After his show, Kane briefed present journalists about hoarders from an outside perspective as somebody who lives with constant psychological barriers, and even romanticizes the term to a degree.

“She doesn’t know how to get out. She’s stuck. Things are so normal these days, so why not think out of the box?” he said.

And his designs generally follow this trend, of producing garments that are outside the box among other designers. This is due in large to his ability to draw from various sources of inspiration without overwhelming his line; he is able to combine different things to come out with one cohesive line.

Even though the clothes had a large inspiration of hoarders, which brings to mind an older woman living with a large collection of various items, Kane kept things classy, and even threw in pieces like mink coats and dresses like a deep red tea-length with an interesting neckline that reminds of Alexander McQueen’s past work. You can form a lovely wardrobe from the pieces in the Christopher Kane fall 2016 collection alone, so don’t let the inspiration sources throw you for too much of a loop as you take in the pieces individually.

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Burberry Fall 2016 RTW Show Unveils New ‘It’ Bag and Glam-Rock Looks

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Burberry is and always has been one of the top designer houses in the world, conveniently located in the region of Great Britain and enjoying global acclaim. We can easily see how the label has grown over the decades, blossoming into a rather unexpectedly lovely sort with collections meant to really turn up the heat. In this year’s Burberry fall/winter 2016-2017 London Fashion Week show though, the ready-to-wear pieces featured looked to be rather far from the original Burberry designs and surprisingly so. They normally keep religiously to their classics, while adding onto the designs. The greens and the blues seem to play the biggest part in this new set of outfits that are the creations of a newly revamped mind.

Burberry Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW - London Fashion Week

Burberry seems to be launching instant catwalk sales that are very much in line with what ready-to-wear should stand for, catering to an audience who wants these pieces now and is not willing to wait half a year only to be able to don them on. Since there have been live streams for quite some years now, it makes no sense to keep the clothing for a later date, doing better for the fashion industry if the outfits become available as soon as they are walked down that runway by those darling models.

As soon as the world of social media got involved, it became imperative to be able to cater to the masses. The runway made to order scheme has been available from Burberry for a few years now, meaning anyone who is watching could ask for it and it would be delivered within 8-10 weeks. That is 2 months and over, which definitely cuts down the time spent waiting for it to appear in stores, but still a long way off from the show itself.

Burberry’s fall 2016 show was a rather amusing one in terms of its layout and features as well. It was long and winding, leading the models around benches of bloggers, celebrities and fashion enthusiasts, while there was also a live performance to be heard during the show itself, sung solo throughout by musician Jake Bugg. The cluster of seats were pulled together to create a custom show space in Kensington gardens, the front row of which would be filled with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Mario Testino and Suki Waterhouse.

It was a polished, rather high shine collection that we were given here, a medley of creative director Christopher Bailey’s passions, something that incorporated glam rock to the tee. The materials used relied heavily on lame, Lurex and real metal yarns to give the ladies rather insect-like silhouettes that were quite iridescent to the naked eye.

We loved the opening with the patterned mini dress, the navy duster coat thrown on top and knit tight for extra coverage. Outerwear played a huge role in the collection, with traditional checks, oversized shearling coats and several pieces that featured snakeskin sent out onto the runway. And then, of course, there was the introduction of the new bag of the season, the Patchwork, a petite shoulder bag with an oversized buckle in front.

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Tommy Hilfiger launches clothing range for children with disabilities

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The 3 big name retailers in US – Target, Kohl’s and Wal Mart – have partnered with her for Runway of Dreams and she felt the time is now ripe to go mainstream with the big names in the fashion industry. The Tommy collection has 22 pieces of clothing – ranging between $ 18 and $43. Two more collections are on their way. Clothing line for men and women with disabilities are also in the pipeline. And soon, we hope, the rest of the fashion houses are going to sit up, take notice and act.

Ironical that Tommy Hilfiger is pioneering this in the fashion world when he has been most infamous for false rumours that he was racial. He deserves a round of applause and our whole hearted support for this initiative.

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Naeem Khan Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW – NYFW

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Naeem Khan‘s ready-to-wear fall/winter 2016 collection was big – and I’m not just talking about the hair. TheNew York Fashion Week showing was rich in prints and colors, which showcased the embroidery work in which Khan’s label is grounded. This marks a leaping point for the designer, who plans to pursue a slot for a show in Paris.

Naeem Khan Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - NYFW

“My family has been making embroideries for over 100 years – I’ve all the facilities to do [couture], so why should I not? I think I’ve honed my skills. I’m ready for it.”

And this collection displayed Khan’s family history with the craft, and rectified his claim that his skills are honed. If the Naeem Khan fall 2016 collection is any telling factor, then it is very likely he will show a successful line when he makes it over to Paris. For now, however, his mind is in New York City, where the inspiration of his current collection came from the architecture of the streets and skyline. “Anytime I’m driving by or I’m at somebody’s penthouse apartment, I see these amazing jewel rooftops and I say to myself, ‘They really look like embroideries.'”

With that in mind, the sequins and other embroidery have a much larger impact on the viewer. The resulting patterns are given more meaning, and everything seems a lot more intentional, in turn. The looks were breathtaking, in that they were timeless classics, yet had a modern stamp on it. With so many striking eveningwear looks, it becomes hard not to imagine your favorite celebrities wearing any of these gowns on the red carpet.

There were no lulls in the lineup, as each look carried with it a unique charm and new ideas. Rather than following a cohesive theme throughout the collection, sometimes the looks went in a new direction, almost as if it were a tangent from Khan’s original design plan. Nevertheless, that didn’t distract from each look’s strength and sense of agency. From the first look, the viewer is hooked by the absolute power exuded from the model and the garment itself, and that feeling continued to pulse through the rest of the show.

Some looks were a bit more expected than others, in that they followed Khan’s signature classic beauty theme with lovely embroidery to add interesting textures or patterns, but without these looks the collection would have been lacking. Without the context of the fashion show or the surrounding looks, it would still be easy to point to a gown and say with certainty that Naeem Khan was the creator. These signature pieces are an important cornerstone to each of his collections, and with their continued success on the markets, he must be doing it right! Until the clothes are sold and distributed, we’ll be crossing our fingers in hopes of seeing a great many of these looks gracing our favorite stars come fall.

In the front row was Filipino Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, dressed in one of Khan’s jumpsuits. Actress Willow Shields was beside Wurtzbach in the front row, and is also a follower of Khan. The most prominent guest in attendance, however, was on the stage. 11-year-old Trinity Faith Moran walked the runway with Khan to take his bow. The Make-a-Wish Foundation partnered with Khan to make Moran’s dream of walking down a runway a reality. She walked the runway wearing a bright red gown, matching the shade of the others in the collection, and brought about the perfect end to the stunning show.

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