Book Corner #12: Kenzine #3 - Kenzine, the Kenzo official blog

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Like Kenzo Takada before them, Carol and Humberto presented what they themselves called an “outsider’s view” on the French look for the Spring/Summer 2015 collection : 'Living between Paris and New York, we love and revere the ease and effortlessness of French dressing. And it all started for their debut collection when they played with classics of the French vestiaire but also twisted a version of the KENZO logo by adding an Eiffel Tower. A reference to the French origins of the house but also a fun allusion to their outsider's view as they say they "love excess à la Française"!

The Eiffel Tower is now an permanent piece of the collection that comes back every season but it's also the star of the Spring/Summer 2015 collection, inspired by Paris.

 

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And for Winter, Carol and Humberto added to to the fun with an illuminated Eiffel Tower.

The Book Corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chosed the autobiography of Mary Quant, the well known British fashion designer.

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'Images are fantastic of course, but if you are as passionate about fashion as I am, it would be a pity and even unforgivable to give up on texts. Especially if they are historical, mythical and cheerful. London, 1955: Mary Quant already runs her own store, Bazaar on King’s Road, a kind of concept store predating the idea itself. Then came the mini-skirts, in the midst of the energy of swinging London. Quant by Quant is a 200-page book adorned with pictures. It is also an autobiography which tells the story of a particular period in fashion history, told from the point of view of someone who was there at the time.  Now let’s be clear, if you have to read it, it’s got to be in English and in its original edition. What’s convenient is that you don’t have to spend hours on the Internet, we dug it up for you….'

'Quant by Quant', 1966, 200 p. Ed. Cassell.
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The Book Corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chosed the catalogue of German photographer Franz Christian Gundlach.

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'If I was asked to associate a city with the word “fashion,” I could say Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, but not Berlin, at least not spontaneously. Same for the word “glamour.” But I might be wrong. That’s what this catalog tends to prove anyway. It is an exhibition catalog devoted to the photographer Franz Christian Gundlach, who recorded almost 40 years of fashion on roll, mostly for Brigitte magazine. Gundlach has a sense of framing and composition mixing the femininity of lines with the geometry of buildings and cities and he shares with us a definition of chic and glamour that is unique to him and which is delightful to look at. Black and white is king, which elicits purer forms. But Gundlach also shoots portraits, he is a travel and a socialite photographer, which gives us a pretty good idea of the open-mindedness of the time.'  

F.C. Gundlach, catalogue, 2011, 304 p. Ed. Steidl.
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For Fall/Winter 2014 our Kids line dives into the mysteries of India and China in a fantasy world where tigers fly around the all seeing eye!

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The Book Corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chosed the first book of Deborah Turbeville: 'Wallflower'.

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'The greatest fashion photographers are not, first and foremost, fashion photographers; that is what makes our research about them interesting and without certainty. Deborah Tuberville had to be ordained by Avedon before she could shoot numerous series for Vogue. What’s most striking in Turbeville’s pictures is that models do not seem to be concerned about the shooting; we become thus the voyeurs of a moment we would normally be estranged from. The dull light, the protagonists sometimes almost out of focus, the pictorial quality of the grain build an illusion, a fiction that invites us to think about what comes before and after the actual picture. The pictures are strange, sometimes a bit ominous despite the softness of the faces. But in Wallflower, her first book, Turbeville delivers contact sheets, where pictures are framed by tape – a lesson in photography.'

'Wallflower', Deborah Turbeville, 1978, 128 p. Ed. Congreve.
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The Book Corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chosed the eponymous book from the japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

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'You have probably already experienced this before : in the realm of art, minimalism is what allows you to gain access to other dimensions such as the infinite, space, the cosmos… And it’s all the more striking when the artist turns a minimalist form into his or her motto, as Yayoi Kusama did with dots. It’s an obsession that she multiplies and that comes in all colors, shapes, volumes or patterns, and that she links to a metaphor of life, each dot symbolizing a life. But it becomes very interesting when she adds mirrors to her compositions, or when her dots become mirrors themselves, creating compositions or color dots in the night. Kusama’s works then swing into 3D universes, almost surreal, whilst they have never so perfectly embodied the infiniteness they stand for. I could also have discussed the importance of the body and sexuality in her works, but that will be for another time…'
 

'Yayoi Kusama', 2012, 304 p. Ed. Rizzoli.
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The Book Corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chosed 'Face Book'.

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'I have always had a fascination for bridges that existed between the most low tech practices in art and the most sophisticated technology, such as 3D, avatars or the abstract images created by the calculations of a machine. Chuck Close, the American artist, is not bothered about not using machines, except for cameras, that he uses to make his portraits that are neutral, frontal, and at eye level. He afterwards blows them up to the max and applies a grid with lots of different squares, that he then paints or translates in different material or pixels. The results are quite astonishing as this classical technique makes the image swing to a poetical and enigmatic virtual world. The charm of this book has to do with the fact that it was first crafted for children, with a series of questions and answers and portraits that can be broken down into pieces, like a composite sketch: the forehead, the eyes, the mouth… Now it’s your turn to play!'

'Face Book', Chuck Close, 2012, 56 p. Ed. Abrams Books.

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The Book Corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chosed "Blinking and Flapping".

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"Right, you can always choose to go faster, and that’s intoxicating. You can also decide to never do less than three things at the same time, and that is also exhilarating, as if you lived more. You can also multiply the moments during the day that you are connected to virtual reality, through games or social networks. None of these seem to be Yasuhiro Suzuki’s guilty pleasures, who prefers to focus on cracks of times, on what can happen when you blink. He thus imagined fifty spreads or moments that he represented through pictures of drawings that are micro realities that we usually do not pay attention to, whereas we should. Once put together, water, light, dried leaves are the ingredients of this ephemeral poetry whose effect only lasts an instant, like a soap bubble, in that we can’t really say whether it is real or virtual." 

"Blinking and Flapping" – Yasihuro Suzuki, 2011, 320 p. Ed. Seigensha Art Publisihing.
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The Book Corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chosed "Avedon Women" from the famous fashion photographer Richard Avedon.

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"I spend so much time checking pictures on Instagram or Twitter that I forget the pleasure I feel when I handle a beautiful book. The book "Avedon Women" is like a ceremonial: a presentation box that reveals a series of unbounded pages, with portraits of women and monochrome pieces of paper that give a rhythm to the succession of blacks and whites. A foreword written by Joan Julit Buck, a former editor at Vogue, accompanies this voyage into feminine country. Of course the powerful images by Avedon bring all the beauty to the adventure. But especially for those of us who closely watch each season how women are represented by the fashion universe, this collection of images by Avedon is like a lesson, as he knows exactly how to capture the woman behind the model, and the universal behind the particular. From the studio to the streets, from the princess to the worker, Avedon produces time in his portraits, so that we can spend time looking at them." 

"Avedon Women", 2013, 200 p. Ed. Rizzoli.
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The Book Corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chosed the third volume of KENZINE, our printed magazine in collaboration with Toiletpaper.

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"For the third time, our digital Kenzine is published thanks to the creative impulses of the Toiletpaper team, aka Cattelan and Ferrari. This new opus gathers the images produced for the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 campaign, and naturally the inventive energy of its authors is there. There is definitely a good chance that the commission stimulates their creativity. As you flip through the pages of this new Kenzine, it feels like you are walking through a familiar house, with pop colors, whose mirrors are often broken and whose objects elegant thieves covet. The floors sometimes give way, the walls are adorned with circular openings, the glasses are half circles and the colors yellow and green are back to the fore. Everything is normal in the world of Kenzine, which is such a Dadaist world that once you close the book, you wonder why the world is not as colorful and unexpected." 

"Kenzine #3", 2014, 48 p. Ed. Damiani, 2.000 copies.
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