London Collections: MEN SS15 DKNY & Christopher Kane
A typically American fashion label through and through, DKNY has now made the exciting move to London, with their latest Spring/Summer 15’ collection showcasing how a man is able to dress himself for all cities, not just Manhattan. The well-travelled assembly of looks opened with a short black-and-white film that outlined the mighty sense of individualism and cool that the American city possesses.
The majority of the colour palette reflected the true Yankees style, whilst with the shirts cut and trimmed like baseball jerseys; no one could ignore the collections heritage. These looks essentially acted as the base layer, therefore allowing design director Garry Martin to concentrate on a variety of other options. These included activewear combined with advanced fabrics such as smoked rubber and techno jersey, overall delivering a largely streamlined group of clothing with hidden detailing.
Original logo sweatshirts were witnessed; with tone-on-tone white neoprene lettering, and magnetic closures formed contemporary style extras. Suits were also highlighted throughout in midnight blue, slate grey and crisp white, whilst casual attires came in the form of duffle coats seen in mustard yellow and navy blue.
Cast your mind back to Christopher Kane’s Fall/Winter 2014 womenswear collection where the flipbook inspiration of the fluttery, multi-layered dresses captivated our imaginations and it seems you’ll discover a resemblance in his latest menswear offerings.
The aesthetic continued on the graphic prints of his Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collection, witnessed on sweaters, T-shirts and button-downs in abstract, vibrant colour blocking and undulating pinstripes. Safety-buckle closures seen on the leather bags have been re-introduced, proving to act as a style staple as seen in several previous Christopher Kane collections.
With statement neon shades in tangerine orange, lime yellow and electric blue and sheer raglan sleeves aside, a hyper-modern version of the contemptuously put-together Teddy Boy heroes could be considered as this seasons look. This is thanks to features such as the double-breasted suit jackets, trimly tailored trousers and two-tone lapels. The splash of vibrancy gave the collection character and personality, with the clashing of pinks, reds and oranges boasting a true sense of summer fun.
An inkling of British tradition was encapsulated with warm grey tones and workwear-esque oxfords. An interesting yet exciting aspect of Kane’s latest collection was by just how effortlessly he transitioned into his own unique brand of menswear. With his passion for desirable and wholly timeless creations, it was a joy to see the designer explore the masculine side of it.
By Katie Farley