Christopher Kane: Wearable tech is a fad
Christopher Kane is so over wearable technology.
The British designer is known for his colourful collections, with his designs often spotted on some of the world's most stylish ladies. Alexa Chung and FKA twigs are both big fans, and while Christopher likes to be innovative, fusing tech with fashion is not on his radar.
"I’m already over the whole word,” he said of wearable technology to the Joyce Creative Salon forum series. “An LED dress is a great concept but how can you wear it every day? The fact is we work with fabrics to make life easier. It’s about the wearability, the function and it still has to look good.”
The talk was titled Objects of Desire: Fashion, Creation and Innovation Reconsidered, and Christopher was joined by CEO of Intelligence Squared Group Yana Peel, chief catalyst at Fung Academy Richard Kelly, multimedia artist Elaine Ng Yan Ling and lead anchor at Bloomberg Angie Lau.
Chris touched on his own experiences in fashion during the chat too. He is a graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins school in London and launched his namesake label in 2006. Since then Christopher has become one of the most exciting names in the industry, with his recent London Fashion Week show (Sep15) delighting. However, the fast-paced world of fashion can sometimes be hard for the designer.
"Before you’ve even finished the one collection you are working on a further two so you are constantly trying to predict the future and time travel,” he explained. “You have so much pressure to come up with new ideas... It can become a prison sentence but for some reason I like it.”
Up next for the clothes maker is a move into leather goods. He's hoping to expand in a number of new categories, but leather is high on his priority list.