Joshua Kane’s designs are bold, quintessentially British (woven and manufactured) and cutting edge…literally. Known for his classic wide brimmed hats with long hair, jet black eyeliner and incredible moustache poised to perfection, his image is striking and memorable. Oh and he has the coolest tattoos, inspired by his passion for tailoring. I love his ethos ‘Blood, sweat and shears’ – talented and tremendously gifted when it comes to fashion.
He brings the edge and creative flair to the table. His journey from studying bespoke tailoring at Kingston university to working at Burberry Prorsum designing wonderful catwalk collections to being senior menswear designer at Paul Smith, involved in packaging, accessories to fabrics.
His ability to create menswear and also womenswear with a sharp precision and exquisite taste is admirable. I am all about women wearing smart dressing, sometimes instead of reaching for a black dress it’s just as great to opt for a co-ordinating suit piece.
The shop experience is a great one, entering the sophisticated store you are drawn to the leather jackets, the Jimmy Q skateboards and of course the printed suits. He has truly nailed his craft whether in ground-breaking garments or accessories (pocket squares, high crown hats, ties). He definitely reflects his character through his pieces.
One of Kane’s greatest inspirations is George ‘Beau’ Brummell, an influencer in men’s fashion in Regency England. A true believer in fitted and tailored garments with immaculate style, the dandy look resonates.
As soon as I heard about the ‘Fantasy’ fashion show I felt compelled to be in the audience. What I adore about Joshua is how he has made fashion accessible to the public, the opportunity to see his welcoming collection first hand and be a part of the experience.
As I sat in the London Palladium I witnessed the made to measure magic. It was the perfect fitting setting, with the theatrical and eye-catching nature of the clothes. The momentum of the evening was amazing- beginning with watching the video content featuring actor Asa Butterfield told the story, leading to the runway. The craftmanship, construction and creations were out of this world.
The show was not only a visual spectacular experience but also audio-wise. The music featured powerful cinematic songs that could literally feature in a film.
Beyond the curtain, the collection unveiled smart two and three-piece suits, signature fedoras and even new seasonal skateboards. My favourite menswear piece was sheer class of a velvet tuxedo and in womenswear a black cape. The eye for detail, the trim, lining, buttons and of course the gold hand-stitched embroidery and butterfly patterns shone.
The sartorial legend, Joshua Kane’s work is truly an art form and his tailoring is traditional with an element of surprise. He is determined for incredible results and dedicates hours of pure hard work and his designs reflect this. Once again, Joshua, I applaud your work * standing ovation*.