Kokon To Zai, or KTZ, was our first big London Fashion Week ticket and a slew of London’s underground and fashion elite packed the BFC Courtyard showspace for the designer duo’s AW13 catwalk. KTZ did not disappoint the attending throngs, sending out look after look of bewitching twisted coven sister meets Little House on the Prairie looks, a neo-Western (shearlings and fringed leathers aplenty) aesthetic complimented with elements of the arcane/gothic, fetish, streetwear and bohemia; Mormon Girls Gone Wild! This is hyper London cool, not your average everyday woman’s clothing, but covetable statement wear for the woman who is bold and individual. To Diplo’s stonking soundtrack, these futuristic Wild Wild Witches of the West girls (styled by Patti Wilson) teetered down the catwalk in stunning avant garde footwear (much inspired by the late great Alexander McQueen), sporting KTZ’s weird and wonderful clothing and outerwear, their signature design prints, with furs, leather and metallics adding a lux element. KTZ also had fun with colours and prints, utilising these pop art design features to inject some eye grabbing elements into an otherwise predominantly dark collection (that jumpsuit!), as also with metallics. Outerwear was particularly strong and for those looking for fashion forward attire, KTZ should be your go to.
Accessories played a key part in the KTZ AW13 vision; baseball caps with super accentuated brims, horned sunglasses, sci-fi visors and gold ‘nameplate’ style hip hop accessories came together in an eclectic and edgy fusion of pop cultural and street styles, merging seamlessly with high fashion meets fashion forward clothing that truly marks KTZ out from the crowd. Pure London, theatrical and at times bizarre yes, but also in its own way, very very wearable!
Photos: Jamike Latif © CHASSEUR magazine