Sunday, 22 September 2013

KTZ's edgy urban aesthetic is majorly my cup of Rosy Lee and a LFW show I look forward to each season but hadn't been lucky enough to attend. Until now. Never before in my life have I actually willed a Monday to roll round but from the minute the Hamsa shaped invite launched through my letterbox that's exactly what I did. 

Taking my seat TROW (Third Row) as the noise of howling winds, crackling fires and gnarling of wild animals echoed around the BFC Courtyard Show Space the atmosphere was thick with anticipation. Mostly mine to be fair. The majority of folk were focussed on those seated up front and it's no wonder, it was rammed with the coolest looking kids in town. A*M*E, Vince Kidd, Anna Trevelyan, my gurl crush Delilah as well as giza gal dem extraordinaire Mademoiselle Yulia and King Tokyoo to name but a few.

As the lights came up and the first model hit the runway it became clear that the KTZ crew weren't going to disappoint. Arabic-influenced geometric graphics on silk, leather and vinyl monochrome pieces accented with headscarves, burqa-esque veils and a few peaked caps for good measure. Middle Eastern references were also present in body-shielding layers and the floral prints reminiscent of Islamic mosaics. Then there were adornments. Heavy oversized aggressive adornments. Studs and spikes protruded from bodices, bodycons and bomber jackets housing huge metal Hamsas, morphing the final walk into some kind of nomadic urban army. And I liked it. Liked it a lot.

Oozing contemporary cool eccentricity it's no wonder the likes of Kanye, A$AP and RiRi are lovin' KTZ clobber. Put you Hasmas up - who's already looking forward to AW14?

Do YOU like what you see from KTZ???

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