Set to the music of Don McLean’s, American Pie, ‘youth’ and ‘vitality’ were the words du jour at the Timur Kim A/W’13 Collection.  A combination of vibrant patterns in a vivid colour palette emphasised the easy-sophistication that so typifies Kim’s work. 

Since graduating from the MA Fashion course at Central St Martins, the Russian-born designer has been expanding his portfolio and prestige across the industry.  Taking inspiration from his native country, Kim’s recent collection showcased prints inspired by the ceilings of The Hermitage Museum; juxtaposing the rich stylistic tendencies of baroque, with simple, modern cuts.  These initial prints contrasted with the following looks, which manifested a more austere inspiration; caviar tins from the 1970's Soviet Union.

Kim’s use of light silks added fluidity and movement to the collection; becoming highlighted by the later presentation of taffeta dresses and silk-cotton blend shirts.  The Timur Kim girl was fresh, playful and exuded an air of unpretentious confidence.    

Words by Abigail Gurney-Read, @AbbyGurneyRead
Photography by Max Barnett