Christopher Kane, the label, was launched in 2006. It began almost immediately upon Kane’s graduation from Central Saint Martins, capitalising on the success of his award winning MA collection that had already garnered much media attention.
The designer has always been acknowledged as both a precocious and truly gifted talent. Christopher Kane has quickly matured and grown to become one of the powerhouse labels of British fashion with one of the biggest international profiles. The catwalk shows, held during London Fashion Week, are a widely acknowledged highlight of the international fashion calendar.
Developing his highly creative and playful signatures of constant innovation, rebellious femininity and extraordinary skill, his clothes continue to surprise and seduce with their ineffable sense of chic.
Since its inception the company has expanded from producing bi-annual Womenswear collections into Resort, Menswear, Pre-Fall and a full range of Accessories offering (including Handbags and Footwear).
The design philosophy of Christopher Kane comes from an abstract and personal approach, defined by a mood or a feeling and often comprises elements of autobiography, upbringing and simple observations of life as well as escapism for Christopher. These elements are combined in Christopher’s own drawing process that defines his output as well as his extensive technical skill. It all adds up to collections that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary: embracing the traditional and the modern, the timeless and the ephemeral, the sleek with the subversive.
Meanwhile, Christopher Kane, the designer, has been the recipient of many industry accolades and awards including four British Fashion Awards – winning Designer of the Year in 2013 – and the prestigious Vogue Fashion Fund is perhaps no surprise that Christopher Kane came to the attention of Kering (formerly PPR), the French luxury goods group that includes Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga among its retinue of brands. In January 2013 it was announced that the group would be investing in the house, purchasing a 51 per cent share of the company.