Since establishing his namesake label in 2006, Christopher Kane’s skillful material manipulation, use of brash neon colors, and penchant for subversion have been the source of his unshakable popularity. While the 35-year-old Scottish designer has earned a range of international accolades and faithful admirers, he hasn’t forgotten his blue-collar roots. For resort 2018, Kane strapped yellow cellulose sponges and glimmering crystals to Italian-leather kitten heels—part of a collection that references his childhood, when his mother, a housewife, worked in the school canteens. Steeped in the tensions between past and present, commonality and luxury, Kane’s clever slingbacks exhibit the provocation in which he is so well-versed.
Sponge Crystal Slingback Heels, $1,095; christopherkane.com