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LFW SS2012: KTZ’s tribute to African design

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The first few looks at KTZ’s Spring 2012 show almost made us skip over the whole thing, but as we followed our guts that told us to hang on for the entire collection, we discovered a few pleasant surprises that made us look at the label in a whole new light.

Sure, the big metallic bows and the fetishistic abuse of leather harnesses were a little off-putting, but as soon as look number 16 went down the runway we knew we made the right choice of staying in our seats. First we discovered an amazing bondage-inspired shoulder manbag, which borrowed Bottega’s famous intrecciato and made it a little less, well, intricate.

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The next memorable look – a hippie pinball print paired with leather shorts and a beaded harness neckpiece – is that of free-spirited biker, followed by a Chinese dzi bead patterned light coat and a patchwork men’s blazer belted around the shoulders. More beaded pieces, giving off a lively ethnic vibe, glided down the catwalk, from hats to leather rider jackets.

But the star of the show was the final look, consisting of a high-neck cocktail dress covered entirely in intricate African beadwork and outlined by stripes of cowhide that emphasise the structure of the piece. It must have taken so much work to make that by the end we were surprised the designers behind KTZ actually had the time to whip up something other than the finale dress.

Photos by Duilio Marconi, exclusive to La Moda Dubai

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