Krane hosts its fall/winter 2012 presentation way offsite—in a condo
Ken Chow’s Krane was the lone straggler on Sunday night, the last to show during Rogue Fashion Week. One editor said showing on a Sunday is “sacrilegious,” which is why that person wasn’t present. Rick Byun, director of Veritas Communications (proudly wearing one of Krane’s S&M-esque black leather zipper ties), hosted a small group of fashion folk at his Yorkville area condo to view Krane’s fall/winter 2012 collection. Guests like Jeremy Laing, CP24’s Jee-Yun Lee, photographer JJ Thompson and GlobalTV’s Minna Rhee noshed on cheese plates, brazenly networked on the Sabbath and occasionally peeked at the clothes.
Chow took it back to bare basics with Krane’s signature waxed cotton bags and military-inspired outerwear: no shirts, no suits, no hunky harnesses. The downsized collection was mostly hung from a corner rack, and there were two models, who didn’t actually do much modelling at all (last time we checked, models modelled more than they drank). We wouldn’t call the collection a change from previous seasons, but it was an evolution of Krane’s niche urban-utilitarian look. Familiar details like quilted cotton chambray lining and studded button front closures were built upon with exposed-zipper hoods and more leather (a future Danier collab in the making? We’re just saying). A sturdy double-compartment laptop bag made from washed black lambskin begged to be manhandled, and the sole pop of colour was in a mustard-yellow varsity jacket that caught the eye of both men and women. We’re happy to report that no geese were harmed in the making of these coats—they were made from vintage military blankets.