Sitting by the canal in North London, a stone’s throw from Central Saint Martins, Christopher Kane reflects on his time at the great art and design college. “I was there for six years, from my foundation year when I was 17, through to my BA and MA,” he says. “I recently looked at my MA collection again and it was nice to do that – lots of great memories came flooding back.”
Kane is an elfin-faced man with bright-blue button eyes, a sweep of sandy hair. He speaks in a silky Scottish burr and has an easy, impish laugh. He’s in a great position to take a trip down memory lane, even though he’s only 32. He’s the high priest of London fashion, a role he’s ascended to with ease since that award-winning set of fiercely confident neon-lace dresses he debuted for his MA in 2006 brought him instant industry attention. He was properly ordained last year when Kering, the fashion conglomerate that owns Gucci and Saint Laurent, bought a major stake in his label. Kane became the first London ready-to-wear designer to attract foreign investment for 13 years; the last time that happened was to Stella McCartney in 2001. Read more.