LFW ss16: KTZ For IDOL Magazine

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KTZ’s show always falls among my top favourites at LFW. In September 2015 I reported its punk-rock vibe for Idol magazine.

‘For SS16 KTZ once again wowed it’s audience with eccentric creativity and multi dimension references, providing the foundation for a ground breaking, brand new aesthetic.

Inspired by the 80s punk-rock music of icon Siouxsie Sioux and the urban futurism of Blade Runner, paired with references and symbols of the African Mursi tribe, KTZ delivered a womenswear collection that knows its past, anticipates the future but is at the same time firmly grounded in the present.’

 

To read the full article and more by me, visit IDOL magazine. 

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.

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Photography by Chloe Le Drezen

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

Scent of Roses

In October 2014 I organized a fashion editorial shoot for Idol magazine featuring singer and song writer Roses Gabor, in London.

The shoot took place in the official Kokon To Zai‘s store in Greek Street, Soho, and it aimed to be the first of a series of editorials soon to be published on Idol.

PHOTOGRAPHER Nicky Johnston

TALENT Roses Gabor

FASHION EDITOR Carlotta Buosi

ASSISTANT TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER Matt Monfredi

Many thanks to Alex, KTZ’s head of PR and Robert, store manager of Greek Street for their help and efficiency!

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(The actual editorial still had to be published by the time this post was written)

LFW 2014

In February 2014 I attended London Fashion Week as a reporter for Flawless magazine. I had the chance to take part to KTZ show as well and take snaps of the street style fashion worn by the participants to the event.

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