• Text Lisa Walden
  • 20th February 2018

The joy of sex

Christopher Kane’s message for the season was clear and simple: more joy. This season, inspiration struck Kane from Chris Foss and Charles Raymond’s The Joy of Sex and More Joy of Sex books that the London-based designer said have always intrigued him. These themes of nudity, wit and eroticism lent themselves to the mood of the garments, appearing in the form of long playful ‘more joy’ dresses with ingeniously nude sketches made from line drawing. “I have never shied away from sex in the collections — and this one is no different,” explained Christopher Kane. “We wanted to look at that in the collection, evolving it from last season; it’s less cheeky and more subversive, less an interior world and more an exterior view this time.”

The collection was tipped and trimmed with rounded shoulders, embossed lace, canvas coats and jewel-encrusted dresses so charming you could only wish to wear them yourselves. Each look reflected the interior strength of the grown-up Christopher Kane girl and rendered a cool and exciting concept with no frills or fuss. The show began with rounded silhouettes, followed by a brilliant wearable trench coat with a leather tie-front and sharp kitten-heel boots that felt sexy, strong and energised. One thing was clear: You could feel that Kane had fun with this collection. For him, it really was about joy. What a wonderful end to day five of London Fashion Week.