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Chef, writer, interior design... What would our creative directors -Carol Lim and Humberto Leon- do if they didn't work in fashion? 

 

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Get the answer in this video "Fashion at Work" by Business of Fashion and i-D.

 

Carol and Humberto have created an exclusive playlist for HERO magazine. Listen to their sounds of the summer here...

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2 On by Tinashe
Two Weeks by FKA Twigs
Chandelier by Sia
Down On My Luck by Vic Mensa
Partition by Beyoncé
Summer Fling by Willow Smith
You & Me (Flume Remix) by Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
Trigger by Maluca Mala
Klapp Klapp by Little Dragon
Thirsty by Mariah Carey
Melba’s Call by BOK BOK feat. Kelela
Shades Of Cool by Lana Del Rey
Problem by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea

KENZINE interviewed Carol and Humberto at the Hyères festival on the eve of the launch of the exhibition: KENZO FOREVER, NO?

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KENZINE: Humberto, Carol, you are presidents of this year’s fashion jury for the Grand Prix of Hyères. What does that mean to you?

 

Humberto: It’s really exciting, we are here not only representing KENZO but also Opening Ceremony, and it is so exciting to be part of this process: meeting not only all these young designers but young photographers, and being able to have one-on-one interactions with them.

Carol: Being able to hear the stories of these young designers as they present their collections is special, because it is a completely different feeling than discovering a collection by looking through a lookbook or seeing a few isolated pieces.


K: What are you most looking forward to over this weekend in Hyères?


C: So much! We were shown all ten collections by the designers today, being able to work with our jury who we selected is also very exciting, and seeing all the other aspects of the festival like the photography competition and the exhibitions, and of course the opportunity to meet all the people who travel from all over the world to be here.
H: It’s our first time here, along with all our jury members, and we are really enjoying being part of this festival tradition – the Hyères festival that Jean-Pierre Blanc has established over the past 29 years.


K: What advice do you have to give the ten finalists, as well as any other designers out there?


H: I would encourage any young designer to think about the full picture. The design process and the preparation for presenting a collection are incredibly exciting, but they should also consider what is going to happen after that; whether it be pursuing a commercial endeavor, or whether they want to  look for a job within another house.
C: I would also advise them to stay informed. There is so much happening around the world, it is important that your story is unique to you. Curiosity really helps you to do that.


K: The jury you have gathered around you is incredibly diverse in terms of their fields of expertise. Is this how you see fashion design, as existing within a broader cultural dialogue?


H: We decided to bring quite an eclectic group to the judging table because we feel that the most interesting thing about fashion is the conversation, it’s about the community we have built around us, and we definitely don’t think that good critique has to come from an exclusively ‘fashion’ perspective. From arts, music, travel, films…there is no limit to the things or the people that inspire us and to be frank, everything we work on is a personal conversation with each other or with somebody we’re working with.


K: Tell us about the KENZO FOREVER, NO? exhibition. Here we can see pairs of archive looks set up opposite looks from your own collections on rotating platforms. From cloud and fish prints, to ribbon work and colour-blocking, these are house codes that were established by Kenzo Takada – are they very important for you?


H: Yes, They are. When Carol and I came to KENZO, we interpreted the house in our own way. We felt that Kenzo made a difference to the world, and this exhibition is really about showing the some of the fundamental elements of the KENZO brand and reflecting them with what they mean to us and to KENZO today.
C: Seeing the two side-by side, it’s also amazing to see how innovative and revolutionary Kenzo Takada was for his time when he was working in the ‘70s and ‘80s. More than anything, setting up the binaries the way we have here is not for the purpose of looking back, but to reinforce the D.N.A. of the house and show how we are constantly looking forward.
H: Innovation and technology is really important in our process. I am always focused on the future and what the future means, and that’s how we are going to take KENZO forward.


KENZO FOREVER, NO? will be open to the public at the Villa Noailles, Hyères until the 29th May.


Villa Noailles
Montée de Noailles
83400 Hyères

A year ago: Humberto and Maurizio on the set of the KENZO Fall/Winter 2013 campaign!

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See the current campaign here.

Get a flavour of Carol and Humberto's 90s that inspired the collections this summer: Carol answers 20 questions from 20 years ago! 

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1. A few words about your first evening with Humberto? When I first met Humberto...I knew that we would always had adventures together. The first night I met him, he convinced me to go out dancing in my pyjamas.

2. Name a music album you would bring to a desert island if you could only pick one? Cocteau Twins 'Heaven or Las Vegas'

3. What’s your favorite teenage movie? 'Some kind of wonderful' by John Hughes

4. What’s your favorite TV series? A different world

5. What is your favorite magazine? ID magazine

6. How would you define your style? A mix of sporty and feminine

7. What’s your most amazing/extravagant piece of clothes? MARGIELA hidden heel flats

8. Do you have a piercing? Just my ears

9. A tattoo? No

10. Name three artists who influence your daily life? Wayne Thiebaud, Bob Marley, Ed Ruscha

11. What is your dream job? To be a travel show writer

12. Where would you like to live for the second half of the 90s? London

13. The latest technology that changed your life? Emails!

14. Something you definitely want to try this year? Skydiving

15. Where would you like to travel this summer? South America

16. How would you like to change the world? Never judge and always give someone a chance

17. Tell us a story about an important day in your life this year? The day I met Humberto!

18. This year I spent too much time doing... Work. I want to have more fun!

19. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Doing something that I love and that I'm good at and where I can learn everyday.  

20. How do you envision 2014? Perhaps space travel will be normal?
 

The 29th edition of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères will take place from the 25th to the 28th of April 2014 at the Villa Noailles. The exhibitions will run until the 25th of May.

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The festival is directed by Jean-Pierre Blanc and Didier Grumbach, who support young talents in the field of fashion and photography every year. Thanks to the partners of the festival, many prizes reward the new wave of creators in competition.

 

This year the presidents of the jury are Carol Lim and Humberto,our creative directors. They were in Paris on the 22nd of January and chose the final 10 candidates among more than 312 apllications, 55 nationalities, 45 pre-selected.

 

They were assisted by a team of friends and fashion specialists:

Carol Song, buyer at Opening Ceremony

Chloë Sevigny, actress

Jay Massacret, editor-in-chief of VMan 

Eric Wilson, fashion editor of american InStyle

And other personnalities who will complete the jury and join them at the Festival d'Hyères.

 

The jury selected ten young fashion designers from 8 different countries.

Yulia Yefimtchuk
Ukraine, Women Collection

Liselore Frowijn
Netherlands, Women collection

Louis-Gabriel Nouchi
France, Women Collection

Anne Kluytenaar
Netherlands, Men collection

Marit Ilison
Estonia, Women collection

Kenta Matsushige
Japan, Women collection

Coralie Marabelle
France, Women collection

Roshi Porkar
Austria, Women collection

Pablo Henrard
Belgium, Men collection

Agnese Narnicka
Lettonia, Men Collection

 

Set credit: Mathilde Nivet

KENZOSKY CONTEST

We are happy to announce the winners of our #kenzosky Instagram contest! All through the summer, we asked you to get inspired by our Fall-Winter sky prints (day clouds, night clouds, thunderbolts, raindrop…) and shoot your most beautiful sky.

 

The participation was amazing! Thanks to you and your #kenzosky tagged pics, we went all over the world and discovered how creative and inspired is the KENZO instagram community! Here are the winners, picked by Carol and Humberto. Thanks again for your participation and if you don’t follow us on Instagram yet, join at @kenzo

 

Congratulations to our grand winner, Monica Martins (@monicamartins) from Rio de Janeiro, who wins a “Day Clouds” sweatshirt for this amazing shot (the first picture with the clouds on the window). Here’s what Monica says about this pic :

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“I took this one at the Caracol Park in Canela, near Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, this year, where my husband was one of the judges at one of the biggest film festivals of Brazil. So when we got to the balcony, while everyone was looking down, I looked up and noticed that there was a window to the sky. And there was my shot."


Here is what Carol and Humberto had to say about their pick : “This is a wonderful sky picture and we love the fact that it needs a double take, that it takes a second to understand what it is. And we happen to do that too with our work!”

 

The following winners got picked by Carol and Humberto and won a “Day Clouds” iPhone5 case :

Laura Miano (@lauramiano) from Melbourne, Australia :


“This picture was taken while I was on a road trip to Byron Bay. A friend and I happened to wake up at 5am and when we went outside we were greeted with this amazing sunrise!”

Julie Lours (@julielours) from Montreal, Canada :


“July 19 2013 in Toronto. After a thunderous storm, there was a post-aocalyptic atmosphere in the city, clouds were litteraly poping out of the sky which had turned all yellow… Time to go out for a beer and capture that eerie vision with my rusted iphone!”

Christian Scharf (@torrent_av) from Stockholm, Sweden :


“This photo was sprung out of inspiration straight after a visit to the modern art section of the National Art Gallery, with the more-than-awesome room of Calder sculptures. It actually shows a small part of the triangular stylish west wing building against the blue Washington D.C. sky. The darkened black section is a real mystery, I really have no idea where it came from.”

Nicolas Talon (@nicolas_heel) from Rhode Island, USA :


“I took this pic in a field near my French hometown. I’ve always wanted to go to United States and since last August it became a reality : I am studying in Rhode Island for a year!”

Homs Padrisa Carme (@carmehomsp) from Barcelona, Spain :

 

“I took this photo at Cotllioure (France) in Easter week, on april 2013. It was a trip of many good pictures along the route Barcelona, Cadaques, Cap de Creus, Collioure. It was a nice rainy week but very lovely. I've got good memories!”

Pauline Alexia (@blogenbeaute) from Paris, France :


“On a spring evening, as I was standing on my balcony in Paris, I got taken over by the magic of the sky…”

Jorge Fuentes Cervantes (@georgefuentesc) from Mexico :


“I took this picture while I was having a break from a busy day in summer, I saw the sky and it make me felt like fliying =)”

Jenny Remy (@remysreflections) from New York

Steven Singorahardjo (@ssingorahardjo) from Indonesia

Tyler Snyder (@tylerjsnyder) from Houston

In the spirit of France's "extended summer holiday" we extended our layover on the way back home from Vietnam in Japan for a few days in Tokyo and a few days in Osaka, for more eating, shopping and temple-exploring adventure. 

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In Osaka we explored their life-changing aquarium where we met a whale shark, rode the 17-minute long, 112 meter high ferris wheel in the harbor, saw the breathtaking view of the city from the top of Osaka Castle (and the Shachihoko-chan!), and chowed down on Osaka-style okonomiyaki pancake - cooked on top a layer of yakisoba. We love Tokyo but Osaka really knows how to show you a good time! 

"In France we're lucky enough to get an extended summer holiday every year, and while we love to take some time for a little R and R, we usually like to opt for adventure. And so we made our way to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in the name of the adventure of eating! 

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It's hard to get a more varied and inventive and crazily delicious cuisine than Vietnamese, and we love it all! (Plus the beers are great! 333! Hanoi!) In Ho Chi Minh City we explored markets where we could scope out whose pho and whose spring rolls looked best, and then move over to the neighboring stall for lotus soup for desert! Aside from eating we also explored the river and went to the amazing floating temple (pictured), which is decorated entirely in pieces of broken pottery".

Humberto

This summer we received some postcards from Humberto's summer trips! The first one is from Angkor.


 

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"In France we're lucky enough to get an extended summer holiday every year, and while we love to take some time for a little R and R, we usually like to opt for adventure. And it was in that spirit that we made our way to Cambodia to explore the ruins of the city of Angkor, "the largest preindustrial city in the world," around 1,000 square kilometers according to our guidebook. Various temples that had long been lost to the jungle are everywhere, surrounding the main temple of Angkor Wat, which, also according to our nifty guidebook, is the largest religious structure in the world. We made like Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider and explored nearly a dozen temples in the area, studying the amazing stone carvings and their stories". 

Humberto