Waldorf Hilton, London | 14.48 pm

I had never heard of Kilian Kerner before receiving an invitation to view his Spring 2014 collection in London, so to be honest, I walked into this presentation carrying zero expectations. Gotta hand it to him–he certainly picked the right place to have it. The Waldorf’s ballroom opened up to a sort of fairy tale-fare, complete with Kerner’s signature piece being worn at the top of the grand entrance stairs. Cinderella, she was not. But the model looked just as good.

A nice German export, Kilian Kerner’s ready-to-wear collections for men and women take visual queues from Top Shop (but nicer) and Lanvin; browsing his shop online, I was looking forward to something cool with a statement, like Public School. The 34 year-old designer, however had other ideas.

The pieces he unveiled for this collection came as such a pleasant surprise that it just blew me away. The gold top (above) looked like a painting on wearable canvas in person; the gold embroidery (below) was crafted to perfection with careful precision and, while every dress at the presentation had a distinctly unique shape from the next (from sleek to boxy to Victorian), all of them flattered the models with a sense of femininity that added to the fairy tale atmosphere I previously mentioned. I approve this label and am excited to see future work from Kilian Kerner.

TGIF.

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