Christopher Kane’s clothes have always had mad attitude. “Even if it challenges what people think is good taste, I don’t want to blend in with [other designers],” he says. That risk seems to be paying off. Those who have followed the designer’s rising star—including recent FLARE cover girls Alexa Chung and Chloë Grace Moretz—have come to lust after his beautiful yet thought-provoking pieces.
Good news: now we can expect that same boundary-stretching sensibility in our makeup bags, too. This month, for his first-ever cosmetics collabo, Kane has injected his signature trippy-pretty style into Nars’ summer collection. The limited-edition 10-piece lineup, called Neoneutral, features glosses, shadows and the obsession-worthy Nars Multiple, mainly in Kane’s go-to pop-art shades. “There are the neon colours, the shimmers, the iridescence,” he says. “The stuff I play with every season.”
Kane provided Nars product developers with fabric swatches, but it was important to him that the shades be wearable for every skin type and tone. “The colours might look extreme, and they can go on quite bold, but they also can rub away for a wash of sheer colour,” he says.
Curiously though, models are usually barefaced for his own runway shows. “I’ve always been into a lot of colour or texture [in the clothes], so I usually don’t show a lot of makeup,” he explains. Just like the perfect bag or shoe, for Kane, cosmetics are an accessory that completes (not competes with) the overall look.
That’s why the designer also included nudes in his Nars range. Like one of his pieces (say, the iridescent plum cocktail dress adorned with a sequined fuchsia lightening bolt across the décoletté from his fall collection, above), you’ll look cool—instead of silly—in Glow Stick hues if you choose one feature to play up while leaving the rest classic. But then again, rules are meant to be broken. “I don’t like to say I hate things,” says Kane. “Because I might love it tomorrow.” Available May 1 at Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom and Murale.