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Long dresses are back this season.

Staying true to KENZO's DNA, they are inspired by diverse influences.

 

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Bohemian and floaty, they mix smooth 70s Californian coolness, the elegance of the French Norman coast and details of the antique toga dress, all which pair perfectly with our gold coined gladiator sandals!
 

All aboard! KENZO spring-summer 2015 collection is all about marine hints and a new roundabout piece of this frenchy closet draws our attention: the pea jacket.

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Revisited over and over, often in indigo blue, you would think of it washed by salt on fishermen’s tanned skins. Typically Breton, it is originally used as a uniform. The color of the canvas is actually a tip to guess the activity of the man wearing it: red for oyster farmers, yellow for walking fishermen, rust for locker fishermen while blue will be worn by high sea fishermen. Made of a strong fabric making the pea jacket almost indestructible, it is traditionally recognized thanks to its split collar on the front that can be closed with an inside button, more technical than it seems since it is supposed to prevent nets to tangle.

Reinvented by Carol and Humberto, the piece becomes modern and fun. The color code disappears to give way to preppy oversized polka dots, denim and pastel colors. Worn as a coat or by itself, its sleeves are shortened and its thick canvas lightened. The KENZO pea jacket is worn by the sea as well as in the city and its double collar gives it a hint of elegance.

Gentlemen, you don’t have to worry about fishnets anymore. But still, the pea jacket will attract something else: glances! 

For Spring/Summer 2015, KENZO takes inspiration from the sea. Breton stripes, gold buttons and navy pieces, all hands are on the deck this season! Carol and Humberto once again twists classics with a touch of modernity.

 


 

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Gold buttons bring elegance to simple pieces and KENZO plays with them this season.  Originally, their main fonction was to give information on their owner's rank. Legend says that in 1837 the captain of the British Royal Navy made its whole crew wear navy blazers with gold buttons. Queen Victoria turned out to be very fond of them and instituted the blazer as the official uniform of the British Navy. Following the trend, people started going to Savile Row to ask for suits with golden buttons.
 
This season, A-line dresses, skirts and pants adorn seven gold buttons with our KENZO icons - 'OUI', 'NON', 'KENZO', 'K',  a tiger, an Eiffel Tower and a statue of Liberty. Gold pieces that look more like coins from a pirate treasure. A rallying sign to the KENZO tribe!

Set on a navy dots pattern, the Badges print celebrates two icons of the city: the Eiffel Tower and The statue of Liberty.

 

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The Eiffel Tower was added to KENZO logo by Carol and Humberto as a fun and obvious reference to the house’s French origins and it now comes back every season. Our second icon of the season is the Statue of Liberty. And only very few people know it but the Iron Lady (in a smaller version) is also facing the Seine River, melting into the Parisian landscape. This season, those symbols are two elements of the same idea: an outsider view of Paris that twists the Parisian clichés.

Last but not least, our third French Xmas recipe: chocolate truffles recipe to wow your friends and family with in your christmas dinner menu!

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Ingredients
300g dark chocolate
20cl heavy cream
50g unsalted butter
1 egg yoke extra fresh
Unsweetened cocoa powder


Chop the chocolate and tip into a bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan over a medium heat and let it heat up gently. Remove from heat, then delicately pour over the chocolate with a spatula. The cream and butter should not to be too hot, as otherwise the mixture would split. Crack the egg and pour the yoke into the mixture.
Pour the mixture onto a big dish and let it cool in the fridge.

 

Once the ganache starts getting firm, dice it and put the dices onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Return to fridge until it is completely cold.

 

Once the mixture is cold and set, roll the truffles between your palms. Coat your truffles with powdered cocoa.
Store in the fridge until serving.
You can also easily use other toppings as you desire: powdered sugar, candied chestnuts, crushed, shelled pistachio nuts or hazelnuts. 

 

image credit: Simon Doggett


 

Happy Thanksgiving! This year Kenzine twists the traditional turkey with a French recipe: "The Capon à la Française" (inspired by Cuisine By).

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INGREDIENTS
1 (8lb) capon (serves 6)
1.2 lb peeled cooked chestnuts
10 oz. minced veal
7 oz. mushrooms
1 bunch of parsley
2 chervil sprigs
1 egg
1 ¼ cup chicken broth 
4 rennet apples
1 cup ¾ liquid honey
1 cup ¼ oil
Some redcurrant bunches
Shelled walnuts halves
Pistachios
Salt and pepper to taste

 

STUFFING
Preheat oven to 400°.
Rinse and chop the parsley.
In a bowl, stir the minced veal, the apple dices, the chopped parsley and the whole egg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Stuff the capon cavity with the stuffing and close the opening by sewing with kitchen thread.


ROASTING
Place the capon in a roasting pan with the chicken broth at the bottom. Roast in the oven for 2 and a half hours, regularly basting it with water or pan juices.
After two hours and 15 minutes, pour the honey in a pan with a tablespoon of water.


GARNISH
Add the chestnuts and cook them in the liquid for 15 minutes while stirring regularly to coat them in honey.
Add the walnuts and the pistachios.
Sauté the mushrooms.

 

Serve the capon in a dish with mushrooms and chestnuts.
Decorate with redcurrants and chervil.

Our Fall/Winter collection is a homage from Carol and Humberto to David Lynch. Besides the mysterious aura and the cinematographic theme, references to his work are can be found in the prints and colour range of our collections. For the third collection and final chapter - our women show - the director himself designed the mysterious set with the head. Our models payed him a tribute with this Blue Velvet makeup.

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Find the women's Fall/Winter 2014 collection in our eshop.

Our Fall/Winter collection is inspired by David Lynch’s work and the theme of the broken mirror appears in a recurrent manner in the prints, the campaign visuals and our boutique windows.


Pacôme Thiellement is the author of « La Main gauche de David Lynch » (« David Lynch’s left hand »), a book that highlights David Lynch’s work as an analysis of the TV culture. We asked him to tell us all about the symbolism of the broken tube.

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"Twin Peaks opens on the image of a mirror. Facing the mirror is Josie Packard, the heiress of the Packard Mill, played by the actress Joan Chen. She is putting make-up on while singing in a low, almost stifled voice – meanwhile, her brother-in-law, Pete Martell, played by Jack Nance, goes fishing and stumbles upon the corpse of Laura Palmer (Shery Lee). “She is dead… Wrapped in plastic…”


Throughout the series we will see the mirror over and over again, associated with dibbouk (a malicious pocessing spirit believed to be disclocated soul of a dead person. It supposedly leavesthe host body onceit has accomplished its goal,sometimes after being helped.) Bob (Frank Silva), who takes pleasure in seeing the frightened faces of his victims. It’s when his vessel Leland Palmer (Ray Wise), the father and murderer of Laura, looks at himself in the mirror that Bob’s face is conjured up: Leland is then just an empty shell, an envelope containing “straying influences”, with “a large hole where his conscience used to be.” Taking over his prey through their suffering and perversions, the dibbouk is the vehicle of criminal impulses that the “culprit” of Laura Palmer’s murder has become. 

 

Midway through the series, FBI agent Dale Cooper, the show’s protagonist (Kyle MacLachlan), arrests Leland, but the latter commits suicide in jail, allowing Bob to find another victim. Agent Cooper stays in town and begins being guided by signs. But these signs no longer help him to resolve a criminal investigation, they transport him to the frontier of the world: the Black Lodge, standing at the heart of a circle of twelve sycamore trees, but outside space and time. Cooper enters it and goes through the opposite of a journey of initiation, as the journey will empty his soul and turn him into a shadow. Twin Peaks also ends on the image of a mirror. It’s the mirror of the bathroom of one of the rooms of the Grand Nord hotel – broken by Agent Cooper.  In it, he just gazes into Bob’s face instead of his own.

The hero that we have loved and we have followed is contaminated by the evil he is trying to fight. With its ending, the series, which is like a mirror for the soul of the viewer, breaks this mirror, leaving the viewer alone and worried, faced with an evil that he or she will have to fight on his or her own, without the help of Agent Cooper or any other character. The mountains of Twin Peaks are like two beings mirroring each other, the series and its viewer. If the relationship between TV and mirror is not clear enough, the movie Twin Peaks – Fire Walk with me, which presents a journey of initiation this time, as opposed to the series, opens with a broken TV and ends on the vision of an angel. By breaking a TV set full of electricity, the movie reminds us that from now on, the fight against the dark psychic forces will unfold in real life. But the series could officiate as our guide, with a wing in one world, and the other in another world. 

 

The goals of Twin Peaks is to make life resemble Twin Peaks, not just television. The goal of Twin Peaks is to have the viewer in his or her turn see the dibbouk in his or her mirror, and not just in Cooper’s. The goal of Twin Peaks is to qualify us in our turn as illuminating knights to take over the fight that the FBI agents have lost - Dale Cooper, but also Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak) and Philip Jeffries (David Bowie), who have disappeared in mysterious circumstances before the Palmer Case. The mirror of Twin Peaks will also be present in David Lynch’s next movies. In Lost Highway, it’s the mirror in which we see Renée Madison (Patricia Arquette) watch herself in her bathroom – the last image of the character before her disappearance and her replacement by Alice Wakefield. In Mulholland Drive, the two young women (Naomi Watts and Laura Harring) look at themselves in the mirror before kissing, making love and going to the Silencio, the anti-initiatory center that will corrupt their souls and plunge their reality into darkness.

 

This mirror is the “Mirror for Princes” from traditional, Arthurian and Persian knight’s narratives. The “Mirrors for Princes” are preparations for a fight. And this fight is like a constant fight that first goes through the exploration of every fragment of the world like the pieces of a puzzle. In every moment of our life, there is a dragon to be slain and a princess to be saved – and very often, they both are the same person. The mirror symbolizes when one becomes the chosen one. It reminds us that we are not the only ones looking at the world. The world is also looking us in the eye. We expect something from the world and in return, it expects something from us.

 

To get there, we have to tear it into pieces. The world only starts to acknowledge us when we have been broken: our hearts broken, our souls torn, our faces drowned in tears. The world loves us only when we are broken, our bones raw, our flesh burning. But conversely, we can only start to understand the world when we discover it piece by piece: chunks, fragments scattered around like poems – with their words dispersed upon a page. That is the meaning of Leonard Cohen’s song Anthem, “There is a crack, a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in.” Even the world, even the angels have had their heart broken. That’s why we can communicate with them. We are all also broken – and it’s through the cracks that we can start talking to each other, understanding each other, loving each other."
 

 

 

Halloween is today and we've got you covered. This season, our collection is inspired by David Lynch so the Twin Peaks characters were an obvious choice. Get a stylish costume together with an aura of mystery! Fourth and last on the list: Bobby.

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Despite his cheeky attitude, Bobby is actually a charming guy, a sensitive boyfriend and a devoted son. To capture his character perfectly, put on this bad boy coat over a flannel and don't forget to smile from time to time to show your loving nature.

If your hair is too short to sport his long 90s style, cover it with this beanie to keep the teenage spirit.

Last but not least, opt for those desert boots to complete that Pacific northwest grunge look.

 

Halloween is almost here and we've got you covered. This season, our collection is inspired by David Lynch so the Twin Peaks characters were an obvious choice. Get a stylish costume together with an aura of mystery! Third on the list: Audrey.

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To pull off Audrey's goody two-shoes look, put on our collared lurex top and printed pencil skirt with a nude lipstick and perfectly coiffed hair. Don't forget the mole with an eyeliner pencil if you really want to copy her look.

Wear some derbie flats for the preppy look.

For the final touch, carry our black Drop bag to put in all the phone numbers collected through the night!