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This spring, the collection is going nautical with plenty of striped jerseys, pea jackets and sailor pants. 

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The pants, originally designed for sailors in the 18th century, still continue to seduce today thanks to their flattering cut. The central fly was removed to avoid any risks of being hitched to cords and to enable sea men to slide down rope knots. The trapezium-shaped yoke that folded on the front of the trousers was added for an extra layer. Pea jackets were worn to cover the buttons of the pants.

 

At KENZO, our sailor pants are embellished with "Gold Coins", the recurrent gold blazons in the collection. These high-waisted pants highlight the silhouette and their flared shape creates a balance between casualness and elegance. 

We are happy to launch an exciting addition to the KENZO loves Printemps collaboration: a mobile application to enhance the experience of visitors to the KENZO pop-up store in Printemps Haussmann Paris from August 28th to October 18th.

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For the duration of the collaboration, smartphone users will be able to download the KENZO loves Printemps application and delve even deeper into the mysterious and surreal world of the KENZO pop-up store in the Atrium on level -1. Once downloaded, users from anywhere in the world can learn about the collaboration and browse a selection of products to be purchased in-store. When in close proximity to Printemps Haussmann, users will be alerted via push notifications using new iBeacon technology about the goings on within the Atrium.  Most importantly, once inside the Atrium users can unlock the application’s five interactive experiences and enter to win an Eye sweatshirt from the exclusive collection! 

 

To download the application visit Apple App store and Google Play.
 

Discover the KENZO loves Printemps exclusive collection here.

 

 

Last week we really dangled the carrot for you with our behind-the-scenes teaser GIFs, before finally revealing the 12 images of our Fall/Winter 2014 campaign. Today, we take you behind the scenes of the campaign shoot - our third collaboration with the Toiletpaper team - through the lens of Balarama Heller, who was on hand to capture the typically playful atmosphere on the set.

 

 

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Have you read our exclusive interview with model Robbie McKinnon yet?

Did you hear what Micol, Pierpaolo and Maurizio from Toiletpaper had to share? Don't miss it, here.

Have you read our exclusive interview with model Robbie McKinnon yet?

Did you hear what Micol, Pierpaolo and Maurizio from Toiletpaper had to share? Don't miss it, here.

Have you read our exclusive interview with model Robbie McKinnon yet?

Did you hear what Micol, Pierpaolo and Maurizio from Toiletpaper had to share? Don't miss it, here.

Alex, the lead singer of The Aikiu composed the soundtrack for the KENZO Spring/Summer 2014 women’s show.

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Based in Paris, the band’s first album “Ghost Youth” came out last June. The soundtrack Alex composed for our show intertwined deep and aquatic sounds with heavy rhythms that were almost military in their style; particularly enigmatic as pulsating water speakers placed the length of the catwalk bounced to the beat as the models marched.


Alex is also the assistant of legendary fashion-photographer Jean-Paul Goude, who shot our Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter 2012 campaigns.


Listen to the The Aikiu’s KENZO soundtrack here:

 

Skate culture and Los Angeles go hand in hand. For Spring/Summer 2014, KENZO drew inspirations from both. 

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Our collaborations with Vans and our emblematic skate board “Era”, with multicolor prints fresh from our different collections, have all paid tribute to the deep connection between skateboarding and the city of angels.


Last November, we launched our new Kalifornia bag in “The Berrics” - the legendary L.A. indoor skate park. On that occasion, a crew of female skaters put on an impressive show by performing choreographed skate sets up and down the dinner table, turning it into a rail or a funbox in a heartbeat. One of them, Vanessa Torres, has shared her favorite spots with us in her recent interview with Kenzine. 

 

Red is the color used par excellence by activists and militants, which perfectly epitomizes KENZO’s rebellious spirit this season. Red is strong and energizing; it excites the emotions and inspires people to action. 

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Red stands for passion and the possession of an ambitious spirit. It is vibrant and full of life, yet it also alludes to danger. This complex mixture serves as a thematic background to the collection, in particular the partnership with The Bluemarine Foundation to fight against overfishing and ocean pollution – a topic very close to Carol and Humberto’s hearts.
Red is one of the colors of Spring/Summer 2014, perfectly contrasting with the palette of oceanic blues that prevail.

 

See the Red High Waves collection here.

KENZO is a dedicated champion of quirkiness, as highlighted once more in our Spring/Summer 2014 campaign created in collaboration with our friends from TOILETPAPER

 

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On this occasion, the artistic duo was inspired by the oceanic themes of the collection, and played upon aquatic images to create a unique universe as weird and unexpected as it is playful. KENZO muse Devon’s sunglasses light up with shrimps, while her shoes swim in an aquarium amongst goldfish. In one of the standout images from the campaign, model Paul lands a doubly lucky ‘catch of the day’; not just a pretty magical-looking rainbow fish but also our lovely muse …Devon!

 

Quirkiness at KENZO knows no bounds, and next it is to the bizarre and at times unsettling eye of artist and film director David Lynch to which we turn for the Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Just remember that things are not always as they seem…
 

To get your hands on all the images from the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign by TOILETPAPER, head to one of our KENZO boutiques to pick up a collector's edition of KENZINE issue 2, limited to just 2000 copies worldwide. 

 

Devon Aoki is the face of our Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, once again conducted in collaboration with our friends from TOILETPAPER.

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Her American, European and Asian roots as well as her striking doll-like face led to her rise as one of the most unique-looking and beloved top models. For this campaign, we rediscover a siren in a surreal universe of striking colors.

We asked Tim Lahan to play with our icon of the season. This is his second illustration, based, this time, on the eye of the storm.

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You can see more of his work here.

a video on the Blue Marine Foundation

We are happy to announce our partnership with the marine conservation charity Blue Marine Foundation

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The protection of marine life is essential for the development of all life. To financially assist the foundation in its efforts to alleviate the pressure on the world's oceans due to overfishing and pollution, KENZO has designed a line of men's and women's sweatshirts and tee-shirts. The garments which will arrive in-store in January, will be sold in KENZO stores, www.kenzo.com and select retailers worldwide.

Some of the many fish that are under threat due to overfishing include: Bluefin tuna, Atlantic halibut, steelhead trout, marlin, Goliath grouper, Atlantic cod, pikeminnow, smalltooth sawfish, Atlantic sturgeon, silver shark, wild common carp, Atlantic swordfish, sailfish, black cod, red snapper and orange roughy.


Learn more about the foundation in this video.