Yes, you thought she sourced her style from outer space – but Prince GaGa apparently gets her apparel closer to home, in the form of kooky as couturiers hidden deep underground in the narrow streets and alleyways of fashion capitals around the world. And HBAFH has haunted down one of these wicked weasels, the ones who made her crazy-as-coconuts lace-up, thigh-high nude boots; they are the handiwork of London label KTZ (Kokon To Zai).
The autumn/winter 2009 collection is “inspired by the vision of an ancient tribe discovered by futuristic party goers on a space rave”. Fuck me. Although truly, I see where they are coming from; candy stripes versus ballsy Maori-ish prints in oversized pants, sweaters, denim and studs make pretty patterns on leather boots;Big loud knitted sweaters and african influenced big leather belts, dungarees, leggings, oversized macs, with a these hewge lace-up boots (did anyone say Doc Martens reference???) I think we can already feel the tremors of the 1990s smashing onto the global scene; watch out 80s trends, your days are numbered!
But what of the brand itself? Working from a beautiful Victorian facaded West End boutique which houses a mish mash of fashion and lifestyle pieces that bear the sparkle of KTZ soul, the brand was born in Soho 10 years ago, founded by Sascha Bezovski and Marjan Pejoski, as a shop stocking street couture by fresh ‘n’ young designers. Pejoski, who heads his own, self-named brand and is infamous for the Bjork swan-dress, holds the helm at the store’s in-house design team known for cutting a bleeding edge in originality with fireworks of color, graphics to excite and shapes to boggle the mind. Now stocking Raf Simons, Berhard Willhelm, Walter Van Beirendonck, Casette Playa and Henrik Visbkov, it is a must on the map of a mad-as-a-hatter fashionista like the GaGa herself.
Official webite: http://www.kokontozai.com