‘We loved Frankenstein and we weren’t willing to let him go,’ was the message from the Christopher Kane camp this afternoon.
Kane, you will remember, served up the monster for his spring / summer 2013 womenswear collection with Lucite bolts and the odd t-shirt featuring Mary Shelley’s gothic freak.
For his autumn / winter 2013 menswear collection, Kane had asked his 8-year-old nephew, Thomas, to inspire him with sketches of other fabled monsters – the Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, mummies, werewolves and so on. The designer then printed their eerie faces large on t-shirts, ‘tracks’ (hoodies), sweatpants and even on the toes of velvet slippers.
This is how Kane entered the menswear market in the first place – when retailers persuaded him to offer men’s sizes of the printed monkey t-shirts he showed for his spring / summer 2008 womenswear collection. He thought it would be a laugh to offer something he and his friends could wear and before he knew it he had 60 menswear stockists.
So, from a few t-shirts to a fully-fledged menswear line today - Kane’s man is young (well, it’s hard to picture a furry goat t-shirt and matching shorts on anyone over 30) and urban (he likes a skinny pant and a sharp leather bomber) and a touch eccentric (Frankenstein t-shirt, anyone?)
But, as with other important womenswear designers who are showing menswear in London this season – it’s the knitwear and pea coats we’ve got our eye on. For ourselves, that is. Not our men.