For Autumn Winter 2020, Christopher Kane continues to orbit themes of sex and nature by considering the perversion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as a love triangle between man, woman and nature.
Wild with temptation, the lovers choose banishment from Paradise in exchange for one bite of forbidden fruit. Corrupted by their lust, they live in shame without the benevolence of the Divine Presence.
Since ancient times the triangle has symbolised the eye of a Supreme Being watching over the universe – an all powerful source in both the natural and unnatural world.
This narrative is translated literally with a print of Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Adam and Eve, through to a more abstract interpretation with triangular details dominating the collection. Minimalist bows, cut-outs, pockets, patchwork, A-line shapes and bodice construction all follow the triangle – nature’s strongest structure.
Gel returns as harnesses worn over coats and dresses, while suede winter boots are enhanced with gel implants and the signature Gel Bag takes on a conservative handbag shape that’s subverted with gel patches.
Snakeskin print shoes and bags are a serpentine presence with more animal accents from zebra and ocelot prints across skirts, dresses and coats. The palette is earthy with bursts of sky blue and apple red disrupting the tranquillity.
Recurring themes from cupcake silhouettes and G-string lace eveningwear to crystal mesh gowns mimic the clean lines of the triangle resulting in a new, austere feel.