I've been waiting for Christopher Kane's fall collection to arrive at OC since I saw the first pictures tweeted from London. From those first blurry glimpses, you could tell he'd done something Amazing (capital A). Shiny fabrics that looked, he said, like "the inside of a coffin," deep purple leopard print, giant flocked roses—what would they feel like in real life? Well, the pieces are now within walking distance of my desk!
So, today's word of the day is moiré. As in, "That shimmery material? Oh, it's moiré." Moiré is the silk blend used on pieces like the squared collar dress and pencil skirt, created by shifting the warp and weft of the fabric and then polishing it to a glossy finish so that it changes color in the light. The trim is made from rolled leather, padded out to create squashy, structured borders and collars, or belts—in the case of the flock rose dress. On that piece, fat black roses have been applied in flocking, giving a texture something like velvet but a little sturdier and stranger; like the collection as a whole, it's the perfect Christopher Kane combination of bat**** crazy and beautiful.