Kilian Kerner // AW22
Escaping reality is probably what everybody wants to do once in a while in these crazy times. Kilian Kerner seems to be one of these people. The designer presents his first screenplay for his 22nd show at MBFW Berlin: The modern-day fairytale “Claudette & Rico“.
Two worlds collide; Claudette, the princess who wants to break out of her life and live an adventure, meets Rico, the simple boy on his way to becoming a successful boxer. Their lives couldn’t be more different. Nevertheless, when they meet, they instantly fall in love.
The fashion accompanies the love story between those two characters—a portrait of the different faces of modern and confident femininity. We saw exactly that: contrasts. The women’s designs started in light pastels, incorporating many tulle and glitter elements. The show was working its way to more bold shaped, high slits on black dresses adorned with shiny stones, ultimately completed with a tailored suit completely covered in glitter.
The story of Claudette and Rico was absorbed by boxing aesthetic elements incorporated throughout the collection. One coat had an oversized hood resembling a boxer’s cape. The pants had the classical boxing waistband. The designer showed an exciting mix of materials by choosing leather combined with wool-like coats.
The collection’s highlight was different versions of deconstructed suits in black and beige, worn by the female and male models showing the excellent craftsmanship of the designer. It seemed like the translation of The story of Claudette and Rico into designs. A world that is turned upside down.
This season, Kilian Kerner’s accessories were oversized knitted hats with matching scarves in different colours that we will be seeing everywhere this coming winter.
During the finale, the most unforgettable moment of the show happened. Kilian Kerner sent out his models and team in black hoodies stating “Peace”. Underlining the bold statement was a video of different people asking to “Stop the war!” playing in the background.
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Words by Lea Egerer