MOOD OF THE WEEK #16 - Kenzine, the Kenzo official blog

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Whenever we tell people who haven't seen Homeland how much we love it, saying it's an amazing drama/thriller about the CIA, we can't help but notice some surprised looks. But the show, starring the lovely Claire Danes, is so much more than that.

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 Sure, it shares the same basic premise as 24, where CIA agents fight terrorists at home and abroad, and it's absolutely thrilling. But the show is really a meditation on the human condition, where seemingly real people with fully-fledged out lives and back stories grapple with the complexities of life. Claire Danes's character is constantly fighting herself for mental stability as hard as she has to fight terrorists and her own superiors in the CIA, while the lines between good and evil are constantly blurred and redrawn out of confusion, desperation, and love. Last week Claire Danes won a well-deserved second consecutive Primetime Emmy for Best Actress (congratulations, Claire!!), and season 3 of Homeland premiered in the US last Sunday, so if you haven't seen it yet, get caught up in time for next Sunday's new episode!

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".

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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". 

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The fourth season of Arrested Development has been out for over a month now and we've finally finished catching up with the gang. 

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We caught a few episodes of the original run on TV years back and then got obsessed when it was available for streaming on Hulu (before it moved to a Netflix exclusive). The show's more-than-quirky characters and over-the-top plot twists kept us laughing for three amazing seasons and then poof - it was gone... For seven years! Now suddenly this brand new, odd season showed up thanks to Netflix. All our favorite characters return in new, even crazier fashion! Keep your fingers crossed with us for a fifth season...

In our home-neighborhood in Paris there's been a long on-going construction project at the Place de Republique. 

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All around the center Monument à la République (a Marianne statue surrounded by the allegories of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity) by the Morice brothers, there's been tall walls for years, until finally, just in time for this summer, the walls and gates came down and the place was reopened. Much of the former car streets have been redirected and replaced with a big open stone where the local skateboarders, readers and gossipers come to enjoy their hobbies in the sunlight and beautiful view. It's a great new addition to our neighborhood - we'll see you there on our next day off!

Candy Magazine launched their sixth issue this month, and we teamed up with them to celebrate their new issue for our Mens Spring Summer 2014 after-party

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The magazine is "the first transversal style magazine", and is a celebration of style and nonconformance.  Each issue dresses up a few of our favorite stars into their alter egos lying somewhere else on the gender spectrum: Chloë Sevigny dressed up as Terry Richardson, Tilda Swinton went ultra-glam, and now Jared Leto is wearing a pink wig and bright red lipstick for the cover of the most recent issue. We love the solidarity party that is Candy Magazine and we're so glad to be part of the celebration!

 

 

You can find Candy magazine at our book corners, at our stores, at KENZO Rue de Rennes, at KENZO Madeleine and KENZO George V.

Ever since I went to Key West last year I've had a new obsession: Key Lime Pie. 

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That beautiful, tangy-sweet taste, that crisp-yet-moist crust, and, the way I like it, with a nice little scoop of whipped cream on top. My obsession was renewed with a fervor a few weeks ago on my birthday when I got another taste of it! Naturally, the best place to get good key lime pie outside of its birthplace in the Florida Keys, where the petals of those little pink and white flowers float all over the streets as little green key limes start to form. Now, if anyone knows of a good place to find it in Paris...

 

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Everyone at KENZO has been clamoring for some new music by our friend MIA. We've been on the edge of our seats for her new album since "Bad Girls" dropped last year, and were beyond honored (and ecstatic) to have her make a mix featuring new music for our runway show last March. 

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Yesterday MIA gave the world a new preview of her upcoming album, part of which was on the mix she made for us last march, but with new beats and new hooks. This new track "Bring the Noize" was produced by Switch and Surkin, who also produced "Tiger Rhythm" for KENZO on the Tiger Fever video.

The song will be featured on her new album Matangi, coming out in the Fall. We can't wait to hear this on the dance floor!

 

Possibly the hardest part about leaving Japan is realizing you won't have the same access to the amazing Japanese snacks and candy and drinks you got so used to indulging in at every vending machine and convenience store on every corner. 

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At the airport for our flight home, there's always a mad dash where we try to buy as many snacks as we can fit into our bag for souvenirs and edible mementos. Perhaps our favorite of these snacks that they conveniently sell at the airport souvenir shops in giant boxes is: Green Tea Kit Kats. It's hard to get a better snack/souvenir for your family and friends; who doesn't love that bitter-sweet taste over green tea and sugar melting in your mouth, with just the right amount of crunch in the middle... It's the best thing, too, for nourishing your own sweet-tooth craving and Japanese candy snack craving that comes back even weeks after you've left!