Christopher Kane’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection took spring florals to an entirely new level. This collection is exquisitely innovative in terms of fashion. However, it also provides an incredibly detailed commentary on society’s perception as well as the individualized experience in female sexuality. His relation of a woman’s sexual identification to a flower is not a new concept. However, his aesthetic and approach to the designs was an honest work of art. He combines the cold darkness of grunge with the whimsical beauty of floral prints. His techniques vary from silver-lined cut outs to flowing layers that resemble the petals from a flower. The designs from Christopher Kane are a beautiful and stylish representation of the female in bloom.
Kane’s collection set out to inspire female empowerment, and I definitely felt empowered wearing my outfit inspired by his designs. The runway utilizes flowing silks and soft billowing layers in the majority of the looks and this creates a look so one of a kind it was difficult to capture perfectly! I translated Kane’s starkly pleated, digital floral patterned skirts to a high-waisted daisy printed maxi. The double slit style in the skirt allows for the material to flow easily like blossoming petals. Now, I was tempted to incorporate some of the graphic-styled tops that Kane featured in a number of his looks. Instead, I chose a silk corset that provided a slim fit to contrast my loose-fitting skirt. This ensemble gave me the overwhelming feeling of liberation and confidence in my being a woman.