This season as a brand and design collective at K&T we consciously and with great pride embraced the narrative and notion of gender fluidity, creating an inclusive SS23 collection that is accessible to all, as a brand K&T do not wish to be defined via the constraints of traditional masculine and feminine ideologies.
During the design process the creative team aimed to unravel the conventions of the politics attached to the chasm between menswear and womenswear seeking instead to create styles that could be interchanged between the two and everything in between, attaching a purism to the curation of a fluid collection of non-binary product.
Inspiration was taken from a broad spectrum of cultural influences, from historical references, to contemporary street style, to family memories.
The natural colour palette of ecru, flan, sesame, and sky blue is disrupted with a flash of colour from cobalt, nectarine, bright lilac, and spearmint, keeping the tone of the season fresh and ebullient, reflective of the positive mood prevalent within the K&T studios.
~ STACEY WOOD
A key colour palette inspiration point was found in Sho Shibuya’s New York Times paintings, capturing with inimitable beauty, ethereal sunrises and images portraying the emergence of daily life.
The gradients of colour and tonality illustrating what Sho would see outside his window that morning acting as a reminder of the true beauty in the world and an antidote to the intensity and suppressive negativity in the daily news, never has there been such a reciprocal time and social element to this, the brand have chosen to celebrate the nuance of ’the positive’ through colour and inclusivity.
Keeping in line with the signature King & Tuckfield aesthetic, we merged effeminate fabrics such as drapey cupros, floral motif prints, and sheer silk, with hard wearing utilitarian fabrics such as cotton drills, raw denim, and merino wool, finely tuning and balancing with aplomb, the paradox of the fabrics utilised.