BOOK CORNER #5 : WET - Kenzine, the Kenzo official blog

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Discover our Resort tee-shirts for women here. The Resort collection is an ode to Carol and Humberto's home state: California.

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A bright and vitalized collection incorporating elements from music, nature and art, we are invited to wander nonchalantly through the relaxed and carefree life of a sunkissed, sunshine state citizen. The collection is punctuated by fresh, cool summer colors of bubblegum, cement grey, peach and pool blue and prints of hand painted palm trees and painters flowers.

Today, our Kalifornia bag is finally available in biker black, racer red and color block blue in the e-shop.

It's the perfect mix between the Parisian chic and West coast cool. 

 

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The Kalifornia will also be available in KENZO stores starting on November 5th.

Here's our selection of red scarves featuring our icon of the season: the eye!

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Women have the Drop bag but men can have their Flying Tigers bag too!

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You can find this backpack here.

Like fashion, graphic design is an applied art. A pragmatic art form, often predetermined, needs to be created where the artistic style doesn’t override the message. However, everyday our lives are filled with elegance and purity of form, the choice of a color or the positioning of a logo with signs that we find charming or striking with artistic merit, much more far reaching than just the information that they convey. 

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However, everyday our lives are filled with elegance and purity of form, the choice of a color or the positioning of a logo with signs that we find charming or striking with artistic merit, much more far reaching than just the information that they convey. Ben Bos was born in Amsterdam and is 83 years old. He studied under Wim Crouwel and is not celebrated enough for his work, in spite of his masterpiece creations. Posters, logos, rugs, stamps, interior design; he also draws and writes. This book is a collection of a number of his works and covers fifty years of sign production. It also illustrates the permanence of the "Dutch touch" in graphic design, which combines formality, elegance and a sense of color.

 

"Ben Bos, Form and Content", by Jan Middendorp, edited by Nazar Research and Cultural Institute, 2009. 112 pg.
Kenzo, 60 rue de Rennes, Paris.


 

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"Psychedelic Forest" is the print of the week!
You can discover that digital jungle pattern through a collection of dresses, skirts, cardigan and pants in our stores now.

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That’s just how it is: we’ve been paying attention to fashion photography, displaying a certain degree of respect since luxury started to occupy a growing place in our societies, let’s say since the 90s. 

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And the growing number of advertising campaigns remains an exercise for us to observe, where the photographer’s style and the brands’ identity combine. However, there was a before, quite unlike what we know now, a sign that nothing is permanently fixed in time. From the full portrait, a real document, to the pictorial reference, from modernism to realism, from surrealism to the Second World War, fashion photos have embraced the ups and downs of their times and provided a conception of the garment, of appearance and of sociality. 

"The History of Fashion Photography" follows its thread until the 70s, bringing us to Avedon and Penn, to the revolution of the 60s where the body took precedence over the garment, then to the 70s, when Bourdin and Newton would challenge with their shapes. This trip of over one hundred years is preceded by a preface by Yves Saint Laurent, a man particularly attentive to the photographic medium.

 

"The History of Fashion Photography", by Nancy Hall-Duncan, published by Alpine Book Company, 1979, 240 p.
Kenzo, 60, rue de Rennes, Paris.

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At first glance, Nigel Peake’s drawing is very poetic, tender and ingenuous. Its accumulation of lines, often juxtaposed in pastel shading, presents a soothed reality. The Irish illustrator lives in the countryside and has become very sensitive to nature, both plant and animal.

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But Nigel Peake is also a young architect (in his thirties) and his work reveals an attraction to vernacular architecture, that is DIY, suited to the times, in a word: humanized. Its characteristic trait and its color palette (blues, greens and oranges) have piqued the curiosity of design brands and magazines, a curiosity that has been transformed into orders for press illustrations or patterns for furnishings. "In the Wilds" is a walk in the country, where we find birds, leaves and tree trunks as well as warehouses, houses, bridges and roads; in short, a sort of Sunday stroll in the serenity of the forest. And when we have returned home, we can consult his blog, the photographic side of his drawings and observations: nigel-peake.blogspot.fr/.

 

"In The Wilds", by Nigel Peake, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2011, 136 p.
Kenzo, 49, avenue George V, Paris.

 

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Have you ever wondered what was happening 30 years ago (in fashion, of course)? Much has changed, but some things remain: Azzedine, Karl, Giorgio and Issey... While today we speak in terms of seasons and trends, in 1983, you could produce an annual book about the catwalks of Paris, New York, London and Milan, complete with texts, including one by a young Suzy Menkès.

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The young designers were Gaultier, Montana, Mugler; the princess of the time was Diana and we all wore sweatshirts. The layout of this "Fashion Year" is kitsch, but full of an energy that reflects the time. The models look like women, their expressions alternating between teasing, laughter, and provocation; catwalk shows are not as polished as today, which leaves room for touches of spontaneity. And then there are the models, complete with hair and make-up, taking us back in time, right to the beginnings of the music video. Finally, this "Fashion Year" ends with a chapter on "horrors" which, over 8 pages, presents and describes the year's 25 most impossible looks. Worth remembering, right?


"The Fashion Year", edited by Brenda Polan, 1983, 192 pages, Zomba books
Kenzo, 60, rue de Rennes, Paris.

This week, let's explore a cult magazine from the late seventies with a great baseline: "WET, the magazine of gourmet bathing".

 

 

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What?
Wet, a Californian magazine which, as its name suggests, deals with what is "wet", all that is wet and that which is all wet. There are only 34 issues from 1976 to 1981, so it’s something of a collector's item.

 

Why?
Because all subjects are valid, provided they show imagination and fantasy: a swimming pool, a baroque bathroom, Turkish baths and medieval spas; wellness, nature, sports, to name but a few.
But in Wet, the "gourmet bathing" of the baseline is a pretext for the ambiguous meaning of some subjects - getting wet in public spaces, for example. The duotone issue is green, its iconography very natural (lots of people in bathing suits), sometimes old school, but always with great ingenuity. Wet is a rare and unique creature, and will become a showcase of 80's imagery.

 

One topic?
The "social register" of Wet, where all the photos are taken in or around a swimming pool.

 

And?
The unforgettable the "Wet" T-shirt, and why not check out the book on the history of the magazine: "Making Wet" at Imperfect publishing.


Wet, n°6, 1977, 36 pages.
Kenzo, 60, rue de Rennes, Paris.

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