In streams of khaki greens, blacks and whites, KTZ SS18 proposed a collection inherent with creativity that blended the punk, biker, and military aesthetic into a conflation of visual and tactile means.
Clad in shirts, jackets, coats, jumpers, kimonos, jeans and shorts, every single outfit exhibited a traditional sense of uniformity intentionally disrupted and imposed upon by additions that created an arresting sense of rawness. Finely knitted jumpers were frayed across the torso, hanging loosely and seemingly liquefying off of the body. Neatly formed seams were finished with jagged embellishments akin to pins, taking the sharp touches to a level of literalness that engaged the senses immediately upon the first glance. Badges embellished neatly quilted jackets, appearing pronounced against the quilted surface that emitted a soft sheen. Tassels were attached to the garments and accessories; dynamic with movement against the model’s gait, they created a sharp silhouette that can rarely be achieved when working beyond rigid structures.
Epitomising the designer’s ability to meld gritty visuals into a polished garment with the application of extensive creativity was an outfit constructed in a chainmail design from can ring pulls. Assembled into a vest reminiscent of medieval armour, the presence of this object created a modern, fashionable take on its predecessor. Paying homage to the punk movement, the outfit also showcased the potential of upcycling at its very best by parading the significance of an object typically overlooked by many as having some sort of ‘fashionable’ potential.
A collection full to the brim with many intricacies, KTZ SS18 exhibited the beautifully fine details that contribute to a contemporary punk aesthetic, and the importance of everyday objects in renewing the visuals of fashion.
Text: Libby Festorazzi