Giving the stripe couture kudos seemed to be Christopher Kane's latest direction. Beautifully tailored dresses in sheers featured bold lines in velvet, organza and ribbon which harked to the clean lines of the '90s without being overly referential. The cuts were a little more prim than in previous collections, gone were the skater skirts or even the highly sexed body con dresses on which he made his name. These were replaced by knee length skirts, high necklines and loose jumpers but the overall effect was elegant rather than prudish.

Luella-style pointed lace ups and banded velvet sandals complemented the simple designs and reinforced the painterly lines in a collection which proved that six seasons on Kane is definitely a lot more than a flash in the pan.


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