FROM THE ARCHIVES : THE FALCON WAVE JACKET - Kenzine, the Kenzo official blog

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The long pleated skirt has been a staple for KENZO throughout the years, and the beautiful light wool of this one kept it both comfortable and practical - our favorite combination! But this skirt came with a matching top, like another staple combo, this time with a frumpy-cool early '80s blouse. The acid dipped-like color fades into the waist from the top and then reverses back into color down the skirt, adding a perfect finishing touch to the silhouette and making this another covetable piece from the KENZO archives.

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This pleated skirt and top combo from the Kenzo Spring Summer 1976 collection is another integral piece of the Kenzo heritage, a perfect example of Kenzo's full embrace of the crazy and colorful 70s. The top with its thin shoulder straps and tasseled sides; the floor-length, drawstring skirt with the exposed middrift; the bright, sometimes harmonious, sometimes clashing color scheme; the layers of pleated everything; It might all say hippy-dippy 1970s (and we mean that in the best way possible) but look at those colors and those tiny little pleats.

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There’s an attention to detail and materials - they are hand-crafted tassels after all - that makes this one stand out, even in the vast (and vastly colorful) Kenzo archives.

This blue men’s button up shirt from Kenzo’s Spring Summer 1988 collection has a detailed fish print that recalls again the woodblock prints of historical Japan, this time with in the more realistic, scientific style of Japanese artists. But the fish are also an interesting twist on the oversized prints popular in the 80s and the shirt as a whole became something reminiscent of a Hawaiian shirt, the fish printed on a gorgeous blue, light cotton. All these fun and disparate influences together created something both unique and perfectly of-the-times for 1988.

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We’ve been digging through the Kenzo Archives to find some of the most fun and crazy pieces from deep in Kenzo’s history to share here on the blog.

One of the first things that caught our eye was this double breasted jacket from the Spring Summer 1981 collection. The crashing wave print on the front of this women's jacket continues around the sleeves and across the back, where a blue falcon is flying so low it’s almost becoming one of the waves. This piece inspired by 18th century Japanese woodblock printing styles, in particular that of the artist Katsushika Hokusai and his famed painting “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa”. It’s a perfect example of Kenzo’s early days, focused on combining Japanese and Parisian styles together to create something completely original.

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