Style on Trial: Christopher Kane ‘Jenny’ leather and lace embroidered dress

This dress sold out almost instantly when it arrived at Net-a-Porter a few weeks ago, which kinda surprised us really because, quite apart from the £2,225 price tag, the combination of leather, lace and floral embroidery just didn’t strike us as the kind of thing that would have widespread appeal, especially when you consider the back view:

Or, indeed, the fact that the lace top seems to call for rather more body confidence than most of the female population of the planet claim to be possessed of:

Still, even although we know we’d never wear it ourselves, and we suspect there are very few people out there who COULD wear it with anything like panache, we have to confess, there’s just something about it. Or maybe we shouldn’t have had that last coffee, who knows.

We’re handing this one over to you, ladies and gentlemen of the fashion police jury. Do you say YAY or NAY to the Christopher Kane ‘Jenny’ dress? Place your votes in the comments box…

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21 Comments

  • December 8, 2010

    philly

    The embroidery is pretty but the styling of the dress in not pleasing to MY eye so my vote is a nay.

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  • December 8, 2010

    oxe

    defenitely a NAY!

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  • December 8, 2010

    Tali

    I do like it. A lot. Would wear it for New Years party.
    But I do like weird stuff as I already mentioned before.

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  • December 8, 2010

    The Caledonista

    I like the leather and lace but not struck on the floral embroidery, just don’t think it adds anything to the dress and detracts from what is already an interesting design x

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  • December 8, 2010

    Aleutie

    I love it. I like the unexpected combination of materials: they sort of coming from different styles, but because the shapes of patterns are similar, it all somehow come together nicely. Very cute dress. I would definitely wear it, but the price is just ridonculous.

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  • December 8, 2010

    alovesclothesk

    I Like it enough for a yay.

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  • December 8, 2010

    Andy

  • December 8, 2010

    nata

    Nice embroidery. The design however, I agree with Philly, is quite unpleasing to the eye, indeed, esp. in the bust area: doesn’t complement the shape of the breasts in any way. Almost looks like a pair of shades slipped way down to the chest, and those two are just staring at you from the top of that chunk of leather in the middle.

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  • December 8, 2010

    lizvocal

    It seems to be trying to be all things to all men: leather, black lace and embroidered flowers? A mixed message, at best. I say nay.

    Let leather be leather and embroidered flowers be banished from clothes.

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  • December 8, 2010

    Laura

    There does seem to be something vaguely appealing about this dress. I might try it for a more quirky Christmas/cocktail party if it weren’t for that price. You’d need to rock it OUT, though.
    That being said, with $2,225 one could get an awful lot of really, really nice cocktail dresses that don’t have a lingering sense of crazy.

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  • December 8, 2010

    Ros

    this dress is really old, i saw a pic of emma watson wearing it about 6 months ago and she looked fab in it!

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  • December 9, 2010

    Jeepster

    Nay! It looks like pieces of fabric glued together! Although with some modifications it could be pretty. I can see beyond to the essence of the dress, trying to break free!

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  • December 9, 2010

    CLM

    I once knew a girl named Jenny…
    She would never wear this, though.

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  • December 9, 2010

    Caz

    My eyes did a double take.
    Ew.

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  • December 9, 2010

    Mitr Friend

    I like it!!! Its a novelty!!! Except for the bust part though!!!

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  • December 9, 2010

    bobbie

    Its weird for sure, but you know I actually quite like it….

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  • December 9, 2010

    joanne

    this has already been worn by emma watson. it looked cute on her. you should have the right personality to wear the dress.

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  • December 10, 2010

    taleesha

    love it

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  • December 13, 2010

    Amanda

    HIDIOUS!!!

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  • December 14, 2010

    Anne

    If it weren’t for the breast cups (i hate those so much. why are they so common?) I would love this dress. The embroidery and lace are so pretty, but the leather gives them a very different sort of look.

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  • December 17, 2010

    Sibylla

    I like leather. I like lace. I like floral.

    All together, however, they are EXCESSIVE. This dress just has way too much going on.

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