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Sol LeWitt, Drawing Series - Composite, Part I-IV, #1-24, A-B (detail) 1969. © Estate of Sol LeWitt/Artists Rights Society

Sol LeWitt, Drawing Series - Composite, Part I-IV, #1-24, A-B (detail) 1969. © Estate of Sol LeWitt/Artists Rights Society

 

Christopher Kane’s A/W knits are finally arriving in store…the cold snap is nigh upon us – so think ahead.

Kane, one of the most forward thinking designers in the world seems hellbent on heritage and comfort. His greyscale tartan cashmere sees laidback sobriety combine with an edgy nonchalance for timeless collectibles. Chanelling a quiet spirit, these subdued checks achieve a graphic authority via a reserved charm. How thoroughly Christopher!

As the fashion world warms up to minimalist style for Spring/Summer 2009 (courtesy of Phoebe Philo at Celine et al), get one step ahead by investing for Autumn/Winter  – for me, this stunning tartan knocks on the door of one the most iconic minimalists ever: the late American artist, Sol LeWitt.  

When I look at Chistopher Kane’s tartan cashmeres, this stunning graphite drawing by Sol LeWitt (above)  just won’t go away in my mind.  The symmetrical repetition of four squares (for LeWitt, the least emotive of all shapes) is met with a methodic shading that evokes a woven fabric.

So who would have thought it? Minimalism - the baby of modernism - sheds a fresh light on Kane’s heritage cashmeres – and lets us appreciate their simplictic strength like never before…

Sol LeWitt & Christopher Kane

Clockwise from top left:

1. Sol LeWittt

2. Sara Blomqvist on Christopher Kane A/W 2009 runway

3.  Christopher Kane scarf, £285. Harveynichols.com

4. Christopher Kane sweater, £855.  net-a-porter.com