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Christopher Kane: Rebel With A Cause

Christopher Kane S/S 2017

Christopher Kane and his boyish Glasgow Gang

Like Kane, I spent my childhood in British Colonial social environment. Reviewing Scottish designer Kane’s ten-look capsule collection brings out those feelings of being second-class citizen. Who could have done this better other than someone from a similar background, politically and socially?

BREXIT, what a big word in the past few days. Scotland is still contemplating its independence from United Kingdom any moment in the debate of modern sovereignty. Kane’s collection comes at a time when the world is being asked to assess justice, it is the time of anti-establishment . We are yearning for a rebalance of wealth and social orders. The plaids, the cardigans, the late 1960s to early 1970s color palette and haircut in this collection remind me of just that era of “say something, do something” (Rebel). Please do not keep your thoughts unheard, please be the force of resistance. The collection is a narrative of Glasgow‘s gangland from that time period in reflection to today’s constant conflicts between different ideologies after the 2008 global financial meltdown.

Christopher Kane S/S 2017

This collection, happened, at the time of the massacre at PULSE in Orlando Florida. Eerie coincidence or not, fashion is a medium to bring into light social causes of change (Cause). As seen on one of Kane’s designs: “Law and Order“, is there true law and order in our world? There is this giant image printed on the back of a jacket: Gun! Protective right or violent killing machine? The front: school boy innocence of plaids, stripes pairing with dress trousers depict the subjects as perfect targets at the shooting range.

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