Every fashion week, you're guaranteed to see at least one model freeing the nipple. Since so much of a runway show hinges on the clothes being styled to a theatrical degree—rather than for everyday occasions—there's a lot of sheer pieces that go without slips. Think back to Kendall Jenner's exposing fashion week debut for Marc Jacobs, for instance. This season, however, Christopher Kane took runway nudity to a new level—one that relied less on shock value and more on the sublime.
With stitched together lace, and tulle painted on with glitter, Kane transformed nude scenes into clever surreal patterns. Upon closer inspection, a color-blocked lace top revealed legs, hands, a face, and a naked torso in suggestive poses.
Kane took the same concept to floor-length too as a dress.
In black and white, it was even harder to tell what exactly a lace dress was depicting.
But, if there was any doubt, the UK-based designer served up more graphic renditions, like a blue, white, and black lace overlay piece showing the clearly defined naked body parts of a woman mid-embrace.
On tulle, the female form was layered in glitter paint nearly beyond recognition as a dress and skirt.
Outside of his technical prowess though, what makes Kane such a compelling designer is the questions his collection raise, season after season. For fall, it was: Where is the line between fashion, art and pornography?
It's a timely inquiry given that Willow Smith made that unknown a talking point one month ago when the 14-year-old artist and fashion darling posted a picture to Instagram of herself outfitted in a vintage trompe l'oeil Jean Paul Gaultier top that consisted of a realistically portrayed and positioned snapshot of a woman's breasts and stomach. Consciously or not, Smith's choice added her to a growing list of young artists creating controversial conversations in fashion—and music—surrounding the female form and sexuality. Before her, it was Miley Cyrus, with her topless photoshoots for W and V Magazine, and Rihanna, whose topless Lui magazine spread got her kicked off Instagram.
I don't have the answers but I would be willing to bet that these conversations continue to grow—and, with them, Christopher Kane's celebrity fanbase.