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London Fashion Week: Christopher Kane

Innovative Glasgow-born designer Christopher Kane showed his Autumn/Winter 2014 collection here at London Fashion Week today.

Kane continues to surpass expectations with the sheer variety of his work. In the past he has discussed his intention to follow a natural flow of ideas rather than adhering strictly to the same theme each season.

True to form the neon detailing of Kane's past was nowhere to be seen as he showed a series of slouchy tailoring, thick outerwear, patent miniskirts and classic little-black babydoll cocktail dresses.

Not forgetting his popular knits in cashmere and gold fur jackets perfect for the modern heiress. In terms of colour palette this was a much sleeker monochrome, neutral collection than has come before, almost a stream-lined version of Kane's collections to date.  

In a new addition to his range, it was exciting to see Kane's first collection of handbags debut at today's show. The addition of accessories to his repertoire comes a year or so after luxury fashion conglomerate Kering acquired a 51 per cent stake in his label with plans to transform it into a powerful multinational brand.

The eight-style handbag collection included sleek leather holdalls and small fun cross body bags in calfskin and crocodile that were reminiscent of those seen in Kane's autumn/winter 2011 collection.

Make-up was dewy with a light reflective sheen, brushed brows and barely there foundation. The natural look continued with hair tucked behind models ears or inside jackets.

Fashion editor Anna Wintour supported Kane from the front row. Wintour has been instrumental in Kane's success following her interest in his designs during his Central Saint Martins graduate show when she introduced Kane to Donatella Versace who hired him first as a consultant then as Creative Director of the Versace collections. The future looks bright for Kane as he opens his first retail store this year in London

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