Ken Chow, behind the label KRANE who primarily focuses on menswear, is new to the show schedule this year, but he’s been retailing and designing for a few seasons.
He’s actually one of the few “fresh faces” that has established a business when we weren’t even looking: A slick website, a sales agency in New York, experience under the tutelage of American heavyweights like Marc Jacobs and Robert Geller.
The KRANE fashion show was held in the intimate Studio space. What we got to see was a well-edited collection with a strong urban-dweller influence and a dose of creativity and showmanship.
There were bags and jackets, a Krane specialty, hung like meat on hooks along the runway, where models emerged to casually hand-pick the finishing touches to their outfits and finish walking the runway.
I really loved this idea. It was fresh, different and gave the show a feeling of suspense. We didn’t know what was going to be the outcome of this show but to my surprise it was very interesting and different. Loved it!
The collection consisted of wool jackets and 5-pocket brown leather pants were paired with black button-ups featuring Mandarin collars and Nehru jacket detailing. There were also suede bombers with killer shearling collars and others with zipper detailing along the forearms.
Chow also introduced a few womenswear pieces that consisted mainly of menswear-inspired suits.
There was just one little part of the show that I did not really enjoy as much as I thought I would. There was a “intermission” of fight acrobatics that were supposed to showcase the KRANE canvas and leather bags. The only problem was the the two model/acrobats only threw around two bags and did a few jumps. It was interesting and creative at first but it went on for a little to long in my opinion. However, the bags were very nice, earth tones and simple fabrics such as suede makes the bags perfect for urban living and country travelling.
All in all KRANE showcased a stunning collection for next FW 2011 so good job Ken Chow and everyone behind KRANE and props on the creativity of the show.