"We're children of National Geographic,
" said KTZ
's creative director, Marjan Pejoski, after the label's uplifting spectacle. "We love all cultures. We want to cherish and embrace those ideas that are being slowly forgotten by modernism." More specifically, it was North Africa's tribes that captured the imagination of Pejoski and co-designer Koji Maruyama this season. Immediately after they'd shown their tarot collection in February, they headed for Marrakech to recover, and in their exhausted, unusually receptive frames of mind, they were utterly seduced by the colors, silhouettes, and sensibility of the local garb. But on the KTZ catwalk, Pejoski and Maruyama paraded their own hybrids for urban tribes: ethnic stripes layered over tech details; traditional cloths such as cotton and linen mixed with industrial fabrics; djellabas paired with blazers. A dishdasha became an elongated baseball shirt. And at the end of the show, a handful of warriors, crusted with ornate silver hardware, brought Game of Thrones
' Dothraki to our city streets.
KTZ's collection promoted a peculiar, poetic multiculturalism, embracing Berbers and Legionnaires alike. "We're romantics," Pejoski said. Idealists and topographers, too. A key print that was carried through from capes and outerwear to duffels and sandals featured ancient maps. A cloak collaged flags of the world, all nations under a groove. And what a groove. Pejoski and his partner, Sasko Bezovski, were spiraling down Sunset Boulevard a few weeks ago when some music came on the radio. The designer screamed, "That's our soundtrack." A quick Shazam revealed it to be one of Omar Souleyman's Björk remixes. Björk? Pejoksi's most famous client? Kismet! That's why the KTZ boys believe in magic.