Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week launched his first handbag collection. he designer showed a wide range of looks, attaching nylon ruching to the hems and busts of thick wool crepe dresses, and offering new architectural shapes — most memorably, a series of “squiggle” sleeves that snaked down the models’ arms (see top, second to left), and dresses with dozens of layers of silk organza that looked like the open pages of a book (far right). Kane also introduced for the first time a full handbag line — eight pieces in all — an indication that the designer (or at least his label’s majority stake holder, Kering) is getting serous about creating not just interesting fashion, but also a solid business.
We hope to see Kane give more attention to the accessories in future collections — with his track record for developing new silhouettes in ready-to-wear, he is well-primed to give us a whole new kind of bag.
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