It’s amazing how influential clothing collaborations are. We’ve (well I haven’t but my daughter has) all queued for the latest H&M / designer partnering, and who didn’t swoop down on the TopShop/Kate Moss collection a few years back?
Personally I’m fortunate to be able to buy the real thing and I don’t often succumb to the high street (save buying huge amounts of Zara for my daughter), however in 2009 when the fresh from Central St Martin’s Collage fashion graduate Christopher Kane collaborated with TopShop I did sneak a few pieces into my shopping basket.
The funny think is, to this day I’ve never worn them – even the tags are still present. Not until I started a challenge to wear only Christopher Kane for as long as my wardrobe would allow it did I unbox them from storage. I thought I’d last 30 days (I knew I definitely had 25 plus Christopher Kane dresses), but somehow I’ve managed to easily double that (shockingly – could have bought a new house with all that money I’ve spent on posh frocks) by cheating slightly and adding in some Versus – which I know he designed and some TopShop – for which he became globally famously known for.
What’s also interesting is the quality of fabrics used. The pieces were pricey for a high street collaboration, some of the price tags on the pieces I own state £150, which in 2009 was a lot. But they have stood the test of time particularly from a fashion point of view (can’t vouch for wear and tear since I’ve never worn them and they look like new) , they certainly don’t look dated to me (although I certainly do being 8 years older).
Obviously Christopher Kane has become a global fashion megastar and can easily charge upwards of £2500 for a dress now but I hope he does do another high street collaboration because as one of the best fashion designers around it would be a shame for the less wealthy to miss out on wearing his incredible designs.
Mixing high end with high street. From left to right clockwise:
Purple glitter dress Christopher Kane for Versus – 2009
Menswear neon face t-shirt 2014, crepe navy skirt – Pre-fall 15
Multi-coloured vest dress – Resort 12
MRI brainscan bodycon dress – AW13
Heart shift dress – Resort 16
Christopher Kane for TopShop 2009
[Featured image – above Christopher Kane for TopShop 2009]