Monday, February 18, 2013
On Friday around 1pm, I headed to the tents at Somerset House to catch the KTZ runway show, tarot-inspired invitation in hand. Let me clarify: I sprinted there in fear of being late - and ended up entering the space, next to the photo pit, right as the lights were dimming and music began. Trippy and atmospheric beats played as models stomped the runway clad in leather, suede, fur, organza, and essentially every other fabric under the moon.
There was a clear street style influence to the collection: think 1990's cyber witch meets over-the-top 80's London. Wide-brimmed snap-back hats met blazers and voluminous printed skirts - the patterns and colors of which were inspired by tarot cards. Having some friends who dabble in tarot reading, I even recognized a few phrases that adorned shearling coats and matching knee-height boots. Unsurprisingly, the "Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn" is another reference to magic and occultism, which originated in Great Britain, no less.
To prevent the collection from feeling straight out of a Halloween costume catalog (witches, page 6), the occult influences were merged with couture-esque shapes and construction. It was mysterious, but not cheesy, and delightfully over the top. This is true London fashion.
Photos and review by Catherine Everett
PS Thank you to Kusi and the team at KTZ for inviting me to the show! Much appreciated.