Friday, 20 February 2009

Catwalk review: Kangst

A perusal of the press release at the Kangst show indicated that the show would be heavily influenced by a retro perspective of the 21st Century, a homage to Barbarella perhaps?! While the eighties space-aged princess has a spot in every self-respecting fashionista's heart, it is safe to say that tin foil metallic has had its heyday. At least for now. The raising of the lights dispersed any such fears with designer Jade Kang's beautiful creations, the silhouette was an entirely feminine hourglass affair with knee-length and maxi dresses in an autumnal palette.

It's safe to say that the overall story was one of stark contrasts, with the buzzword without a doubt "texture". The collection was playful in its combination of fabrics, successfully combining lush crushed velvets with delicate chiffon, busy crochet with shiny satin, and what looked like faux fur with paisley. The finesse with which Kang married the dense with the light achieved a subtlety which given the juxtaposition of the fabrics was no mean feat and, thankfully, no silver hot-pants or moon-boots in sight. Kelly Davis

Main image: David Coleman
Catwalk images: Eddie Blagbrough

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To view video of the show courtesy of Toni&Guy TV click here.

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