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Thursday, 29 April 2010

"Metropolis" inspires Fashion

Katzme adores how the Fantasy worlds of fiction are influencing fashion. 
Katzme will introduce you to a Great New Designer that has been influenced by this Film Ada Zanditon and to Karl Lagerfeld's German Vogue Shoot in February.

Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist film .Directed by Fritz Lang. Produced in Germany “Metropolis” set in a futuristic urban dystopia. Its use of the science fiction context to explore a political theme of the day of social crisis between workers and owners . It was the most expensive silent film ever made. Did you know it inspired C-3PO in Star Wars? and gave Superman's home its name. It's a black and white silent Sci-Fi film. It is considered a Sci-Fi classic and a must-see for any movie aficionados.

The,"machine-human" from Metropolis was played by German actress Brigitte Helm in both her robotic and human incarnations.

It was the inspirational force behind Ada Zanditon’s new couture capsule. 
Katzme this Fantastic ethical Eco fashion Designer that we've seen over the last few seasons.
Ada Zanditon is without a doubt the stand out talent in terms of creativity and concepts and someone to keep a keen eye on for the future.

Ada made her catwalk debut to an international audience at London Fashion Week in 09 Fashion Scout’s “Ones to Watch” show (featured on
Ada interned with Alexander McQueen before going on to study at the London College of Fashion' Ada also interned for Jonathan Saunders.
Once graduated, Ada worked on various freelance projects including: the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s first Shared Talent Project in South Africa and creating product for Oxfam’s first boutique. She then went on to set up her own company in early 2008 after working for Gareth Pugh.
Since establishing the company, Ada Zanditon has created the visionary album and tour wardrobe for Patrick Wolf along with commissions for Bishi, Robots in Disguise and Stephanie O’Brien of the Puppini Sisters.Notably, Ada has been placed in The Observer’s top 50 of the Courvoisier future 500’s latest intake.
In late 2009 Ada was selected for the Estethica eco fashion mentoring program by the British Fashion Council. 
     As you know Katzme these imaginary worlds and how they inspire our Designers so Ada hasn’t disappointed us by show casing her capsule couture.

 Photographer:Masashi Sugiyama
Each season this very talented designer has chosen a stunning environmental theme and then goes onto build an incredibly beautiful collection around it. She has now used the inspirational force of the "Metropolis" to produce these creative and innovated designs.

 Photographer:Masashi Sugiyama
When talking to Ada about this she said
"In the film there is a kind of love story between Freder and Maria - (characters in Metropolis) –“ 
You can see this beautiful world portrayed by her good friends Marie and Joe.
Ada remarked that "The characters Maria and Freder come from socially opposed backgrounds and manage to overcome inequality and exploitation to unite Metropolis, they are part of a constructive narrative about an industrialised society. They are the heart, the humanity of the film. I think its about encapsulating passion and humanity in an ultra modern technology centric society!  "

One of the things that Katzme really was when Ada said " I chose Marie and Joe to be the models for this collection because they are incredible performers and have an amazing dynamic energy and raw creativity together and individually. That is the best of what a human element can be in any equation for me. "

                 Many thanks to JOSEPH HEFFERNAN and MARIE KARLBERG
Photographer:Masashi Sugiyama
This fantastic couture capsule was shot outside & inside their own Metropolis. Ada chose “The Met Bar” at the Metropolitan Hotel in Green Park. 

Creative and innovated visual displays can be seen in the shop window using Ada’s Dresses which are made using all recycled and end of line fabrics.Check out the beautiful window displays at Machine A.

Available from Machine A. at 60 Berwick Street Soho, London, W1F 8SU 
The images in the windows were shot by Masashi Sugiyama

Ada reflectively said ":..... Ultimately I love the film because it's a story of boundries being broken, change and revolution in the way that the city and in the way that it's society functions.... "
Katzme asked: Can you tell me what was the inspirational force behind your couture capsule and how "Metropolis" effected you.

       "I think that Metropolis is an exceptional film and the big effect it had on me when I watched it"  shortly after her returning to London from Paris Fashion Week. "It  was the context of humanity within modernity. What fuels life?  What sustains the system we have created? I think that  was what inspired me.... that this story still feels very relevant.  The boundaries between human/machine,(technology/nature, industry/sustainability) love and logic, the contrast is increasingly thrown into sharp relief by the complexity of the world we live in and so the pieces reflect the cusp of where all these ideas meet in order to create pieces that express the place where those boundaries are transcended."

Katzme went on to ask Ada: The film Metropolis has some fantastic features and set designs that have a visual impact.what do you feel influenced your fantasy world from the movie ?.
Was it the German Expressionism or the architecture based on contemporary Modernism and Art Deco  ?

"I enjoy all those elements to the film but the aesthetic I particularly love that encapsulates it for me is Raygun Gothic, an aesthetic that draws all those influences. It is interesting to see how pivotal these movements have been in our collective conscious of how people aesthetically project ideas of what the future will be and what  is futuristic. It is actually a kind of retro futuristic aesthetic. "
She has applied this to her designs so go and see these geometric retro futuristic designs and enjoy!!! Machine A "here we come...."

We would like to thank Ada for such a lovely interview.We had a great time.Hope you find it as interesting as we did......

Katzme hearts these Fabuloustic photographs
"Metropolis"  also inspired another great Fashion Designer to do an unbelievable photo shoot.
Karl Lagerfeld the photographer.

Photography courtesy of German Vogue
This is from the fashion spread of the February 2010 issue of Vogue Germany featuring German model Toni Garrn and French model Baptiste Giabicon.
Check out the movie to see how these two Designers were inspired.

Katzme   adores how these Designers have been inspired.
How about you ?
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Katzme  if you can...........
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Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Alice in Wonderland

The world of fashion has gone totally mad for the Disney story!
Katzme and understands the craze,
after all just flick through any fashion mag and the influence of Alice is everywhere.
Trailer of the New Movie by Tim Burton

Katzme the characters throughout time and how they have been portrayed

Here’s a fun trivia for you when you go see Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie.
.....Did you know that there actually was a real alice ? ,,,,,
Her name was Alice Pleasance Lidell.
Alice Pleasance Liddell (4 May 1852 – 16 November 1934), known for most of her adult life by her married name, Alice Hargreaves, inspired the children's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Here's a photo of her.
 From The Real Alice in Wonderland gallery over at LIFE:

 It's a Mad hatter's Tea Party with the fashion inspired ranges from Alice in Wonderland.
Everyone is joining this Tea Party from Tom Binns, to Stella McCartney, Paul&Joe, Bergdorf Goodman window display, Sephora, La Durée’s macarons, Nicholas Kirkwood and Printemps Haussmann in Paris.Printemps has collaborated with Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Martin Margiela, Manish Arora, Ann Demeulemeester.
Katzme adores the Window Displays.
Its the mixture of fashion couture with the fantasy wonderland that we adore so much.Each scene is set with such intricate detail.

Featuring exclusive designer’s dresses inspired by the movie the displays are stunning with beautiful fantasy backgrounds.
Looking at these stunning window displays at Printemps they reminded Katzme of a similar  idea...
Annie Liebovitz's shoot for American Vogue in 2003

Here are some of the images of the Alice in Wonderland fashion mania around the world.

 Nicholas Kirkwood Fabouloustic shoes and I'm sure we will be seeing the high street version soon enough !

Even Makeup Paul & Joe have produced a Alice in Wonderland limited edition cosmetic range .

Some really great Jewelery inspired by Alice.

Some more inspired Make up.Here from "Urban Decay"
 Versace shoes and Handbags
Swarovski is even joining the tea party which is debuting their “Underland” spring/ summer 2010 collection .
The collection includes necklaces, earrings, rings and pendants.

Katzme a number of these stunning charms, such as cotton reels and scissors as above picture (ala Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter), hearts and clubs (representing The Red Queen played by Helena Bonham Carter) and bunny and pocket watch (in the style of The White Rabbit) and we think the collection promises to bring sparkly surprises to our Tea Party!!

So why don't you join katzme for a Mad Hatter tea party !

Katzme adores this Alice in Wonderland mania
How about you ? 
So stay tuned 
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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Prêt-à-portea - Fashion Tea Party

Katzme The Prêt-à-porTea "tea party" bags

       Let Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Donatella Versace join you for Tea.You can choose any one of these delightful Fabuloustic Fashion Icons to join you for a Prêt-à-porTea "tea party"
Just be careful of Naomi you do not want her throwing a fashion tantrum with her mobile and breaking all the best china.

The Hamburg-based international design label Donkey Products also offers another provocative product range – the ‘thematic’ tea bags (5 in a set)as well as American politicians and the English royal family 

"People" tea bag holder from South Korea
The idea seems not to be that fresh.People tea bag holders from South Korea were seen in 2007 when SangSang/Wdaru offered the very same concept at a design festival in Seul.
Here you can see some of the tea bags with ‘people’ tea bag holders in paper for Maum brand. They fit most common cup sizes.

The tea companions are packed in a bus-like package, in swimming pool package. There is even a variant with a broadcasting studio.
Its a great idea so it really doesn't matter who came up with it first.
Well I don't know about you, but it's time for some Prêt-à-porTea
Katzme doesn't know who to invite .... ?
Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer or Donatella Versace
Maybe I'll invite everyone
Katzme adores this Tea Party !!
How about you ?
So stay tuned
Katzme if you can.....
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