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Christopher Kane doesn’t shy away from sex. In fact, he’s one of the designers that ushered in the bodycon trend in the late 2000s, which ultimately helped shape the fitness craze of the 2010s. But in his Fall 2019 show, it was all about kink and fetishism. The sex here, however, isn’t as overt as the likes of Versace and Philipp Plein, but rather an easily digestible take that’s as pretty as it is provocative. Chain mail, for instance, is a favorite material for dominatrix-dressing but incorporated here as sparkling piping and add-ons that merely pushed suggestion rather than seduce. As did the latex, which instead of cutting into his signature array of bodycon frocks, was instead used to create shimmering coats for winter. Flounces evoke a feminine spirit, but the way the swirled was akin to how Brigitte Bardot‘s skirts almost always exposed her skin in an innocently tantalizing way. And what of lace—classic lingerie fabric? They were cut into mini cocktail dresses and ballgowns with sating balloon skirts for the elegant yet erotic appeal. Sex was defined in a lot of ways in this show, and for the modern women and sexually-liberated today, they wouldn’t have had it any other way!
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