LC:M SS16: KTZ

During LC:M SS16 I had the absolute pleasure of taking part to the KTZ menswear show. Held in an underground venue in Southwark, the show was one of my favourite ones this season and it inspired me to write a report on it for Idol Magazine.

Location, location, location – these days the well known mantra of all real estate agents finds its declination in the world of fashion too. Showcasing a collection in a particular space can contribute to better represent the message that the designer instilled in their work – and makes taking that car/bus/train and find out that unique space well worth it! This season it was absolutely worth the journey for the KTZ SS16 show.

Citing artist Chris Burden’s Metropolis II – a complex kinetic sculpture modelled after a modern city, which took the artist four years to build – Creative Director Marjan Pejoski and Set Designer Philip Cooper created a futuristic space permeated by light. The catwalk, built inside of Pulse club in Southbank, was a labyrinth of tall barriers with neon lights hanging at their sides. One-row long continuous benches were alternated to the metallic structure all the way along the room. The rough architectural surrounding, with its massive columns and brick archway, was hidden by the complex structure – made to catch the spectator’s attention right away – but at the same time revealed by the strong illumination and the reflections of light in the mirrors, which were also hanging on to the barriers.

Futuristic would be an understatement, just as ‘exciting’ wouldn’t fully explain the feeling of expectation that pervaded the room before the beginning of the show.

For their SS16 collection, KTZ began with the concept of endless possibilities and the desire of portraying that moment in time when one can invent their own character. Being whatever one wants to be and wearing whatever one fancies gave the designer the chance of interweaving various elements in one, adventurous ensemble. Recycling became reinventing in the attempt to make one man’s trash into another man’s treasure, through the use of unusual industrial materials such as paper, cardboard, rubber, plastic, aluminium, nylon and electrical tape.

The concept was brilliant, the design innovative and permeated with that extra something which is KTZ’s signature and the reason for their strong cult community. A significant part in reflecting the collection’s vibe, then, was played by the location. That feeling of distance given by the metallic barriers, the unexpected direction taken by the models while walking down the runway, the coldness of the metal and the warmth of the bricks. Everything contributed to transport the audience in a different dimension for the whole duration of the show.

Future is the goal, but KTZ chose to interpret the needs of tomorrow’s customers through the core idea of reinvention, communicating freedom of choice at the same time. Wearing paper or making a dramatic cloak out of an old parachute, the fashionistas of tomorrow will choose among a range of revisited possibilities and reinvent for themselves what used to be another man’s treasure.

KTZ proved to us that reinvention can be extremely unique and that being in the right location could make rubber and paper look like they’ve never looked before.

LCM SS16 KTZ

Photography by Chloe Le Drezen

Read the full article and view more images on IDOL Magazine.

Advertisements

LC:M SS16: Todd Lynn and Christopher Shannon

In June 2015 I took part to LC:M on behalf of Idol Magazine. Here’s one of my reports from the shows, reflecting on the focus many menswear designers applied on femininity this season.

This LC:M, it seems the ground was truly set for a revolution on the unisex front. From the recurrent presence of female models on the catwalk, to new interpretations of unisexuality and bids to blur lines, provoke and confuse.

The most interesting feature during LC:M has been a tendency to create looks where distinguishing the male models from the female ones became quite a challenge for show attendees. Kit Neale and Matthew Miller are among the designers who sent feminine boys and masculine ladies altogether down the runway. The blend between them – which didn’t compromise the brand’s identities in any way – was so beautifully created that it just left space for the pure appreciation of the clothes. Communicating a message of freedom from any label of gender and definition was key and calling for a whole new way of looking at the designs from the customers’ point of view too.

Among the designers who created a unisex look in a unique way which caught our attention is Todd Lynn. His monochrome white garments with refined details, shimmery see-through jackets and experimental knits were presented by boys and girls all wearing long, uber blonde, fringed wigs.
This look – which had the surreal power of making the boys look more feminine and the girls somehow masculine at the same time – was one of the best examples of combining feminine and masculine in order to get rid of gender labels achieving an overall appreciation of the fashion.

The designers’ attempt to blending identities and looks, despite the models’ gender comes as a result of their desire to insert themselves into a world where boundaries are falling.
They’ve found a way of using fashion and the power of creativity to communicate a message of deep acceptance and tolerance, giving everyone a chance to choose, want and wear whatever they like, despite the label, despite the tag, despite the gender.

TODDLYNN_LCMSS16_ROBERTBINDA-2-600x641

Photograph by Robert Binda 

Read the article and view additional images on IDOL Magazine.

Vernez Magazine

In June 2015 was launched Vernez Magazine, a printed publication I’ve realised along with a team of eight talented collaborators to promote the launch of fashion platform Vernez.

My contribution to the magazine included writing fashion features and producing some visual content, but my actual role was the one of Stylist and Managing Editor.

Working with a team of extremely talented women and creating this publication was an incredible experience. The magazine is now available on ISSUU but will be printed and distributed all around London when Vernez platform will also be launched.

The Vernez team:

Editor-In-Chief NADA ABDUL GHAFFAR
Art Director & Media Producer ELIZA SMITHWICK
Fashion Editor & Project Manager HELEN WOLTERING
Sub Editor & Media Editor NOTHEMBA MKHONDO
Managing Editor & Stylist CARLOTTA BUOSI
Features Editor & Contributing Writer KSENIA RYBINA
Fashion Editor & Contributing Writer DANA EL-GHAZAL
Graphic Designer JESSICA BAILEY

11537580_10206647956221149_6640871811210714988_o

Read Vernez HERE.