Each year I pick the best independent designer I’ve seen in the last 12 months, and each year that shortlist it’s picked from grows and grows in quality. Given the huge array of talent that were in the running for the most important of the FW Awards it should give you an insight into just how much I adore the work of Joshua Kane that not only did he win but it was clear that he was ahead of the field in taking the title for 2016.
There are many things to like about how Joshua Kane operates, the modern business ethos of creating engaging and tech based campaigns including runway videos of cinematic quality, that he doesn’t hide down in his studio, you can meet him in his shop in Spitalfields (also having met him a couple of times he is such a warm guy full of passion for his business), and his sense of how the industry should operate, that quality, uniqueness and knowing the base of where every piece of fabric has come from, however all of these important things lay a foundation for the shining light of his talent.
Talent as a designer is something he has in abundance, creativity and ideas radiate from his mind via his shears and needles into forms and shapes that can’t help but ignite the viewer to be excited when looking at his work. His understanding of tailoring is far advanced of that you’d expect from someone still so young in terms of the industry, and when combined with the vision he has as a designer the truly fabulous springs forth.
He’s now also taken the brilliant use of print and texturing and applied it to a collection for both men and women, his recent show was the debut of his first womens wear pieces. Each is pure Joshua Kane, but again the shapes and forms are considered, elegant and sharp, the thread that runs through the menswear that we have come to know has been extended perfectly. I was already excited about Joshua Kane as a designer, and now I can’t wait to see what he does next.