While other labels have embraced our northern European location with darker and more subdued colour palates, Killian Kerner stuck to his guns with loud neons—highlighter yellow, salmon, orange and a vibrant shade of the season’s favourite pistachio green—popping up throughout the collection. In their most successful applications, the neons were accent pieces; for example, patent leather belts worn with the buckle in back over long gowns.
Though Kerner’s signature print for the season, which features a glossy and abstracted peacock feather motif, looked more like costume fodder than runway material, other statement looks were extremely successful. The final two looks sported flowers somewhere between roses and carnations, which looked as if they were made of ribbon. The first of the pair employed them as subtle accents adding flash to the back of an otherwise conservative gown, the second saw burgundy flowers paper the entire upper half. The floral motif continued onto the skirting with five layers of shear white fabric and silk edging.
Menswear was solid, with fewer surprises. Shear neon fabric cropping out of shorts left a little to be desired—it looked slightly like the models were sporting strange, excessively long boxers. However, the suits were tailored beautifully, featuring squared off hems and corded shoulders.
by Alexander Forbes
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