As the lights came up and the drums started to roll (a combo reggae rap mix from great German band, Rakade) at the Kilian Kerner show, we could almost feel the magic in the air and he presented both menswear and womenswear in equal measure – my FAVOURITE kind of show.
The collection channelled a prince, bringing him up to date with leather on trousers, and trims and accessories that kept him on his steed. In fact there was a lot of references to heraldry: from the embroidery on the back of jackets, the metallic dresses, the bejeweled necklines and skirt trims, to the speared shaped cut outs, and the big exaggerated sleeves reminiscent of a knight donning a coat of armour.
Even the colours were steeped in history. Starting with regal purple, transforming into dark blues, reds, greens and blacks, finishing in the splendor of a medieval hall full of brocades and silks in lilacs, golds and creams.
Of course, a prince must have his horse and it came on prints for bomber jackets, pants and long floor length skirts. The whole show was a visual delight and the Kilian woman and man were strong.
As his models walked down the catwalk wearing Dr. Martins, trainers and scraped back hair, I couldn’t help thinking: who was his prince after all? The androgeny was palpable. However, most importantly I’m seriously lusting after those leather track pants with what looked like poppers down the side!
Photography by Frazer Harrison for Getty Images.