Christopher Kane for Versus: The 2010 Comeback

Cheryl Cole in Versus a/w 2010

Christopher Kane reprises his role as the sartorial resurrection man of the moment with his second collection for Versace’s freshly revived Versus line. After five years in fashion exile the Versus label reemerged from ignominy with a s/s collection firmly rooted in classic Versace – the references were blindingly obvious (safety pins – THAT Liz Hurley dress) yet delivered with the precise, edgy and multi-thematic aplomb we’ve come to expect from Kane.

In short? An absolute corker of a comeback from the house of Versace which simultaneously managed to steer clear of staid imitation and pretty much nailed the market in deliciously dark  and debonair party wear.

Versus s/s 2010

The Fall collection picks up on the punky diffidence of s/s and dives deeper into a Kaneian meme playoff with an unsettling mix of balletic beauty and fierce bondage, which firmly establishes subversion as the idée du jour this autumn.

Fetish just got girly with stiffly pleated satin frocks plumped to perfection with lolita-esque organza petticoats, striking lingerie inspired cutaways and stark structured jackets, graphic tees and cocktail body con – a marvellously irreverent pick and mix of dress uniform formality and rock and roll indifference.

Versus Fall 2010

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Scouting for Bargains

So, you want designer chic without that eye-watering, gut-wrenching behemoth of a credit card bill flopping onto your doormat come the month’s end like an A5 bête noire mailed direct from the festering bowels of Hell? Welcome to my world where the pinched penny is King: it’s time to get down to some hardcore worship at the shrine of fast fashion (leave your petty prejudices at the door people…label-phobia is so noughties).

Lets talk sugary-sweet Sunday Best in cotton candy pinks and powder puff blue a la Christopher Kane’s gingham girlies…

Christopher Kane s/s 2010

New Look’s lookalikey: fifties-bustier, over sized check…softly, softly pastel-pink…£20

Lipsy: check halterneck £50 (love the button detailing – totally kawaii!)

Miss Selfridge’s red version £35 (for those out of love with muted hint-of-a-shade pastels)

Ways to Wear…

Think fifties pin-up meets Lolita on a lazy day in the country and look for straw hats (wide-brimmed or classic boaters are the most versatile trend-wise), oversized gingham checks and prissy retro cuts…if you want to take it super saccharine a pair of heart-shaped sunnies is a must

ASOS: straw Boater with coral band £15

Toughen-up with a biker jacket and stacked heels for a punky twist. Style-savvy shoppers should look out for a/w’s ankle boot cannily ventilated for s/s with peep-toes and sexy cut-aways…did I mention they’re set to be hot for a/w 2010 too? (As is the sock-sandal combo – good news for toes on those chilly autumn eves!)

Office: Morse Zip Bootee £40

Or why not rework the look adding faded denim micro shorts, tan leather accessories and a pair of prairie scuffed boots to gingham and lace and nail the urban cowgirl trend Daisy Duke style.

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And the Lord didst say ‘Let there be Prints’

And Lo! From the loud and the lurid to the chi chi and the chintzy, The Powers That Be hath delivered a plethora of punctilious prints unto the people. With more ways to wear than the legendary wrap dress and with clashes all the rage there’s no better opportunity for some gratuitous trend-whoring. Aint life grand.

Reminisce in reworked classics like all-American checks, flirty-fifties polka dots (a personal favourite), preppy-pinstripes or muted Sunday-best florals and relive those nostalgia-tinted daisy chain summers on the school-field in gingham.

Or (not for the faint hearted) make a statement and work seventies-style geometric prints –  remember to balance bold patterns with simple accessories and neutral shoes to avoid optical overkill!

Stand-out abstracts in provocative paint-pot brights provide the perfect foil for a summer sun-kissed glow and how about graphics – the super-brave should look for splashes of neon and futuristic shapes; think electro meets disco meets a stonking techno-rave on acid. If you’re eyes aren’t watering it’s not bright enough.

Something more muted? Try a blousy-boho look and go for the clash in layers of loose-fitting florals, stripes, spots – and whatever-else takes your fancy – keep colours faded and textures interesting.

Go on a global sartorial adventure in extravagant yet earthy tribals, ikat prints and a hotchpotch of cultural references – keep hair sleek, make-up minimal and throw on a pair of gladiator flats. A warrior is born.

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