Factory Uniforms and Sci-Fi Futurism at Christopher Kane Fall/Winter 2017

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For Fall/Winter 2017, Christopher Kane imagines his woman as a determined and tough competitor, uniformed in clothes both futuristic and utilitarian.

By 2020, 5.1 million jobs in 15 countries will be conducted by robots. If we’re in a new post-truth era of society where “fake news” and “alternative facts” flourish, headlines like this are bound to sound specious, but the rapidly evolving AI workforce is an indisputable fact. In order to keep her factory job in the future, Christopher Kane imagines his woman as a determined and tough competitor, uniformed in clothes both futuristic and utilitarian. For proof, look no further than his incredibly inventive stair-step ‘OCD’ pockets located along the sleeves of sweaters, cardigans, and handsome wool coats on his Fall/Winter 2017 runway. Curiously, however, Kane’s no-nonsense, space-age worker has a penchant for fur, even going so far as to don hideous Crocs lined with the stuff. Whatever, we’ll let that slide. The rest of the collection was cool enough to sustain a few missteps here and there.

Christopher Kane Fall/Winter 2017
Photo: Courtesy of Imaxtree

What Kane consistently brings to the table is innovation, even when that means recycling oddball materials in keeping with his “make do and mend” ethos. For Fall/Winter 2017, it was yellow and grey sponges which formed fins along the exterior of slick leather pumps. Meanwhile, other materials were technically developed and visually stunning, especially in the case of “hologram” prints that brought the iridescent sheen of an oil slick to asymmetrical tunics, sheaths, and ribbed dresses. He also improved upon classic wallpaper florals by folding the stiff fabric into intricate, origami shapes, and showed breezy dresses covered in prismatic prints resembling stained glass versions of alien spacecrafts.

The man is nothing if not a relentless inventor, and for an industry starved of innovation, his quirky outlook is more and more necessary.

In the mix there were also bandaged plissé frocks, bronzed and lacquered lace sheath dress, trench coats with glittering flower appliqués affixed to pockets, and several closing looks featuring metallic discs grouped along collars, cuffs, and sleeves as a kind of heavy-metal trim. For an added boost of futurism, Kane also shot his new ‘Safety Buckle’ accessories into outer space and then put them up for sale on ChristopherKane.com as part of a new “See Now, Buy Now” experiment. The man is nothing if not a relentless inventor, and for an industry starved of innovation, his quirky outlook is more and more necessary.

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