25 February 2017
by Tamara Dumas | Photos courtesy of Joshua Kane Bespoke
Inspired by the overwhelming turnaround at the Zurich Joshua Kane show - where more that ten thousand people attended - the designer filled the London Palladium with more that two thousand people; all eager to see his AW17 collection.
Run during the official London Fashion Week, the show is not on the main BFC schedule and thus, the designer was not afraid to shift the boundaries set by the industry and autocratic British Fashion Council. And shift the boundaries he did.
The collection was titled ‘Journey’ and the journey was at the heart of Joshua Kane's AW17 fashion show. Wrapped in layers of tailored English wool, the protagonists were parading the stage with enigmatic looks on their faces - some accessorised with files or clutches while others carrying swirls of paper or cane umbrellas - a new addition to Joshua Kane collection. The venue, the orchestra, the ballet prelude - everything about the show conveyed that the characters are on the journey to meet someone unrevealed to the audience. Someone we would like to be given a glance of... or are they here to meet us - a thought that was impossible to brush off as models moved swiftly past the seated audience.
The looks were for the first time split equally between menswear and womenswear - yet another expansion of the designer's ‘empire'. The introduction of Joshua Kane's womenswear is an interesting one - Kane’s woman is confident and empowered in tailored suit jackets and oversized aviator coats. She emanates luxury - gilded embroidery jackets with fur collar and warm buttoned ponchos and cherry-blossom pink cashmere and silk speak status and romanticism.
Heavy-duty Donegal and bouclé fabrics, custom-designed and woven in England found a place in the collection designed to withstand the worst of the British winter. Biker-type lamb and pony skin jackets, introduced in AW16 collection, now have bigger, more articulate fur lapels. While Joshua Kane houndstooth, his signature print is in check, only made more dapper by men on their journey to meet a mysterious someone.
Closing with the mesmerising performance of two ballet dancers, the show was filled mist mystery and unravelled the imagination.
The 45 look collection is now available at Joshua's flagship store at 68 Great Portland street, W1W 7NG.