We’re excited to share this racy kaleidoscopic and collaborative lookbook for Tzvi Karp‘s AW 16 menswear collection. The dream team who worked on this project include Tzvi (obviously), who not only created the collection but collaborated with Crystal Birch on the hasidic jew head pieces and fluffy toy hats. Crystal then produced, styled and art directed the lookbook, Zander Opperman shot the images, Michael Love Oliver modelled the looks and Peter Giorgades collaged the final images.
Crystal says that in conceptualising the shoot, which Tzvi gave over complete creative freedom, she felt that the collection called for something more than an in studio or location shoot. “Tzvi and his collection are both surreal,” she explains, and so the idea was to build of Tzvi’s existing intrinsic aesthetic: The Jewish, gay club kid out and about. Crystal used the conceptual nature of the collection to really play with this concept, incorporating collage to push the images into the real of the surreal, where she felt they belonged. “I love collage and how it can transport anything to a surreal world. I also love collaborating and seeing the completely different outcome it has after everyones’ input”, she says.
Peter Giorgades says that the inspiration for the lookbook and his collages came from Tzvi himself. “I met him once at Lady Gaga’s concert back in 2012 and since then I’ve always admired his personal style,” Peter explains. “The collection (I think) is really a “fuck you” to fashion and conformity. I was inspired by the fun, carefree, homosexuality, crazy club kid vibe that I saw from the runway show and the original photos of the lookbook before I destroyed them. For the collages,” he continues, “I wanted to keep those elements present so I cut and pasted body parts of the model and overlapped the pieces in a way that would suggest a sexual manner – with the addition of floating penises and tons of colour. I think fashion is meant to be fun and that’s really what the aim was behind these images.” Peter’s approach was very organic, and he let each image develop in its own direction. “I think that’s what makes them special,” he says, “I want them to be more than a lookbook visual but rather something you’d want to tear out and frame.”
Designer: Tzvi Karp // Art director: Crystal Birch // Collage Artist: Peter Giorgades // Photographer: Zander Opperman // Model: Michael Oliver Love