First launched in Soho, London, KTZ is a label known for melding urban style with multiculturalism and ethnographic references to create a raw, edgy energy. KTZ’s A/W 17 collection launched at LFWM this weekend did not fail to disappoint, with a punchy aesthetic executed in a slightly gothic twist on street style. The colour palette was restrained and sleek – black, white, grey.
The statement motif key to this season’s collection was exoskeletal lacing, present on almost all of the pieces. This played a versatile role, suggestive of styles from sneaker laces to elegant corsetry. It also provided the majority of textural interest, enhancing, expanding and subverting the shape of the fabric below.
KTZ’s A/W 17 collection is edgily stylish, with a number of pieces intensely wearable. The collection’s laced leggings, hoodies, ponchos and bomber jackets all look very street-ready. A militarism is alluded to, both in the combat styling of some of the pieces and in the uniformity imposed by the collection’s cohesiveness. A dynamic combination of futuristic and historical elements create a sci-fi, fantastical mood; these feel like garments for a new world.
Clear, concise and contemporary, KTZ’s offering at LFWM was creative and exciting.
Words by Cosmin Cernica
Images by Paolo Steve