Christopher Kane and Donatella Versace are not two fashion names you’d normally associate with each other, but since the pair teamed up on Versace’s diffusion line Versus in 2009 Kane has had nothing but praise for the fashionable lady.
Speaking to WWD he said: “I learned a lot working for Donatella and for such a huge fashion house. She is really easy to work with. I come in with the ideas, my sketchbook, research and we go through it, one piece at a time, and she always gets it. She is open-minded, and there’s nothing she hasn’t seen. It would be great to download her brain, to plug Donatella in and get all her information.”
Since then Kane has gone onto collaborate with cult denim label J Brand, creating neon coloured jeans, crops and hot pants, which are available now. Working with J Brand has influenced the Scottish designer to branch out into denim himself. “We want to introduce more sportswear into the company and there is no better piece than denim,” he said.
Further to denim, handbags are also on the agenda as a design possibility. After the success of his handbags last season, ideas at the Christopher Kane fashion house have been flowing. “We did a great little liquid clutch reminiscent of pencil cases I had as a kid,” he said. “This made us think that we should build on that platform, and create that bag that is a great classic and can go from season to season.”
Christopher Kane signature handbags? We can’t wait!