You can’t say they didn’t tell you upfront!
It was the launch of their 2015 Carnival band launch but K2K Alliance termed it the unveiling of their Carnival Couture Collection and what was revealed in their collection ‘M3 – The Long Walk From Home’ was indeed carnival couture of the sort we’ve never seen before.
K2K can never be accused of taking the safe route and their fourth Carnival presentation has departed even further from the norm of Carnival than their previous collections – 2012’s The Waters, 2013’s The Human Race and 2014’s ‘Vie’.
Twins Kathy and Karen Norman have gone to outer space with this presentation which features space-age visors, dramatic, oversized collars and cuffs and angular, metallic belt/fanny-packs. Yes, fanny packs. The coolest damn fanny packs we’ve ever seen.
But … are they Carnival costumes? Like I said, K2K took in front and seem to be treating the presentation much like a fashion showcase. And in fact, they have deliberately pinpointed some accessories as being part of what they are calling their ‘365 concept’ such as their gorgeous tote bags in juicy citrus shades which are not included as part of the costumes/couture but were showcased alongside them.
But… getting back to the …costoure? coutumes?… they are still intended to be worn on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Some of the outfits definitely have enough costume drama to qualify, such as the Challenging Mars …frontline? We’re presuming it’s what would be called frontline in the regular Carnival world though the regular clearly doesn’t apply to K2K.
Others are more difficult to classify like the Challenging Mars…backline? (K2K just has us full of question marks in this piece!)
Even with the visor, we’re not sure if this outfit makes the leap from fashion to costume. But perhaps this boundary blurring is the point.
One thing we know for sure – we would absolutely love to see some famous and fashionable islandistas rocking these pieces outside of Carnival. Can you imagine Rihanna or Nicki Minaj in a K2K piece on the red carpet?
Let’s think about it ladies…!