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We have united with evian to convey our graphic intimate vision for a one-of-a-kind bottle. Discover it through this unique video. 

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The mysterious and strange oeuvre of artist and director David Lynch influenced the KENZO Fall/Winter 2014 collection for men and women and it is in this vein that the bottle's motif features a broken floor pattern, toying with the idea of shifting the elements.

Julien Ceccaldi is the French-Canadian illustrator and graphic novelist who created the signs of the KENZODIAC. KENZINE catches up with him to hear more about his work and for travel tips from Montréal.

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KENZINE : What is your star sign, and how does it define you ?

Julien Ceccaldi : Like Conchita Wurst and Charles Manson, I have the sun in Scorpio with Taurus rising (two polar opposites). This combination makes for satanic power, moral endurance and a whole load of self-love.

 

K : Which sign did you enjoy drawing the most ?

J.C.I had a laugh drawing Leo’s hand: it’s talon-like, but it also takes inspiration from Lady Gaga’s Monster Claw, the symbol of her fandom. I am also quite proud of how the water turned out in the logo, and the Pisces and Aquarius signs.


K : Do you find that the style of Manga suits the KENZO woman somehow ?

J.C. : KENZO as a brand reflects a pop mentality that you find in Manga. For instance, the Hokusai wave influences in the Spring/Summer 2014 collection made me think of a short story by Shôhei Kusonoki. It’s an interior monologue coming from a vase abandoned in a stream, and the water runs at different paces, in all directions across the page.


K : Where do your inspirations come from and is there a continual idea you try to project through your work?

J.C. : For my comic strips, I take snippets of conversations from here and there - in a café or in Youtube videos for example – all situations in which one hopes to be in control of the image they're projecting. Everyone struggles trying to best represent themselves, and  it's even more of a challenge to have others accept this image.


K : At KENZO, travel informs everything we do. What are your favourite destinations around the world?

J.C. : Everything becomes clear in my head each time my private jet lands in Los Angeles. I love Biarritz, especially in the winter. I never realized how much I loved the beach until this summer, but then let’s remember that Scorpio is a water sign...

 

K : You live in Montreal, can you recommend some places to visit?

J.C. : The Drawn & Quarterly bookstore (211 Bernard Ouest) has to be at the top of my list. There you can find the great graphic novels from the publishing house of the same name, but that's far from it all. Just across the street there is La Lumière du Mile-End, a tiny little vegan restaurant. I am a major glutton when it comes to the pastries from a bakery called Maestro, just a five minute walk down the street. Once the sun goes down, I try to be wherever DJ Babi Audi is playing.

 

K : For Autumn/Winter 2014, the ouevre and femme fatales of David Lynch were amongst the core inspirations. Who are your artistic heroines?

J.C. : In the graphic novel Brother, Dear Brother (by Ryoko Ikeda) and in the animated series of the same name, the character Fukiko-sama is the Queen Bee of her school. She is elegant, haughty, frosty and authoritative, but under her mask of pride she mourns a childhood love that lasted but a week. The boy in question was her older brother’s friend, who read her a Shakesperean sonnet he was studying for school. She says to have experienced a lifetime's worth of love in one summer. I am also fascinated by Catherine Breillat’s heroines, who often live by the same “all or nothing” creed, except they don’t impose such paralyzing self-restraint on themselves. On the contrary, their grace comes from the way they reject the idea that love and bodies are quantifiable.


K : Which KENZO icon are you most drawn to, the Tiger, the Eye or the Fish ?

J.C. :I would have to say the Eye, because like any other fan of Manga I have filled pages and pages of eyes – not faces, not even noses, but just the eyes – enormous and filled with reflections.
 

The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. Photographer Joel Sternfeld was part of a small group working in the ‘70s and ‘80s who legitimized the use of colour film, generally reserved for ‘amateur’ recreational use, in art photography. His first publication in 1987 was this book, American Prospects.  Now considered a landmark publication, the book presents the results of Sternfeld’s many road trips across the country, where he employed formal and expansive framing to subtly document socio-economic issues in the U.S.A. with his trademark irony and humour.   

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American Prospects – Joel Sternfeld


"Landscape photography is often considered to be the heir apparent of painting. As far as I am concerned - and all contrariness aside - I prefer to think the other way around and I look at a picture as if it were a painting. As such, I like to break them down into pieces: separating the foreground from the background, being lost in the contemplation of the light, or wondering about how long it took to create this image. With the work of American photographer Joel Sternfeld, it’s all a breeze: his landscape pictures are snapshots of America, displaying the insignificance of human interventions in the vast openness of scenery. Cars are pervasive, and so are leisure activities, embodied by swimming pools or lakes, suggested in the pictures with foam or stretches of water. While the photographs were mostly taken in the 1970s and 1980s, they remain to a large degree utterly timeless."

'American Prospects', Joel Sternfeld, 1987-2012, 140 p. Ed. Steidl.

 

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This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our seventh installment of the series is views. To wind up the tour, climb to the roof observatory of the Griffith Observatory for a nightime view to take your breath away. 

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Roof Observation Deck of the Griffith Observatory...


The observatory has been mentioned several times already in this book, but there’s a reason for it. It just fits so many criteria of what you want to find in this city –one of those perfect places. A perfect place to visit almost any time, you really haven’t seen L.A. till you’ve seen it from here at night. Open till 10 p.m. almost every night, not only does the Roof Observation Deck provide breathtaking view of the city with its twinkling lights, it’s also the perfect excuse to leave your jacket in the car and cuddle in close on those cold nights. And if you’re looking to impress someone with your knowledge of constellations, here are few basics: the Big Dipper, due North, is most visible during the spring, and Polaris is the North Star. In autumn look for fours star that form a square, the top left star is part of Andromeda and the other three are part of Pegasus.

 

2800 East Observatory Avenue, Los Angeles.  Entry gates into Griffith Park close at 10 p.m. so enter anytime beforehand if you’re planning a night under the stars. 213-473-0800 www.griffithobs.org
 

 
From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

 

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This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our seventh installment of the series is views. From Mulholland Drive, take Mulholland highway down to the Pacific Coast Highway for a breath of fresh air. 

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Stop alongside the Pacific Coast Highway for a breath of fresh air and a salt-tinged kiss or two...


The beach at night is my favorite place. Long gone are the sun-tanning crowds that line the shore on a hot summer’s day. Long gone is all their chatter. After the sun has dipped its golden head below the ocean’s dark horizon, the beach lies deserted, and ready for you and you alone. There you’ll stand and feel as if you’re the only person in the world as you stare out into black, as the waves wash away all the tensions of city life and leave you at peace. And if the solitude of the beach at night becomes too much, then come back when moon is full with someone you love.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

 

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This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our seventh installment of the series is views. Let’s start by driving up to legendary Mulholland Drive.

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Take a break along Mulholland...


This mysterious road filled with twists and turns has the ability to transport you up and away from the city. Here you find freedom from freeways, a taste of the old and unchanged, and in one single glance, will find yourself helplessly in love with L.A. Along this road vantage points such as the Hollywood and Universal City overlooks provide you with sweeping views of the city, and at times, a sense of calm, especially at night, from a long day at work. And as you continue to drive along its winding path, hopefully you’ll discover a few private spots of your own.

Hollywood Bowl Overlook: 7036 Mulholland Drive in Hollywood. Universal City Overlook: 7701 Mulholland Drive in Hollywood.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

 

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Our fifth installment of the Cityguide series is Arts. Last but not least, let’s take in a couple of film programs on offer at the LACMA.

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Everything needs a little lift now and again. With the huge monetary injection provided by super patron of the arts Eli Broad, LACMA has been undergoing a ten-year face-lift, also known as the Transformation. Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the first phase of the project - the BP Grand Entrance open-air pavillon filled with lampposts and visible from Wilshire Boulevard, as well as the three-story, 60,000-square-foot Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) - opened in early 2008. The BCAM’s inaugural installation featured works by Richard Serra, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons (one of Broad’s favorites), and many more. 
Be sure to take some time and see the LACMA’s impressive collections of Asian and Islamic art, as they are amongst the most significant in the world. If you’re in the mood for different art forms, come enjoy the live jazz during summer months or take in a movie or two at the Bing Theater.


 
Note: With more than 100.000 art objects dating from the ancient times to the present day and located on twenty acres in a complex comprised of seven buildings, the LACMA is the largest museum in the western United-States.
 

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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5905 Wiltshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson avenues. 323-857-6000 www.lacma.org

 

Our fifth installment of the Cityguide series is Arts. Next stop on our tour is LA><ART, an independent nonprofit art space presenting experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives.

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LA><ART

X marks the spot for the LA><ART space. Not only do you get to see emerging art and design, but it also has an amazing public programming schedule. From lectures and exhibitions to magic shows involving sawing a woman in half, the spontaneity of this place is what makes it a must-see.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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2640 South la Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles 310-559-0166 www.laxart.org
 

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our fifth installment of the series is Arts.

 

Let’s start by heading downtown to the Geffen MOCA.  Once upon a time it was the temporary location for the Museum of Contemporary Art, now the 55,000-square-foot facility is the largest and most popular of the three MOCA venues.  

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Geffen MOCA

In 1983, as ground broke on MOCA, a provisional exhibition space was opened downtown and referred to as the Temporary Contemporary. The place was leased from the city for five years at one dollar a year. Once a Union Hardware building from 1947, it subsequently became a city warehouse and then a police garage before a renovation led by architect Frank Gehry changed it into the perfect public space. Gehry built a shaded plaza out of steel trusses and chain-link fencing while leaving the exteriors intact, highlighted the large gallery spaces with industrial effect. It soon became a popular destination, lauded as one of the great museum spaces, and MOCA, in turn, extended the lease for fifty years. The largest of the three MOCA spaces, the Geffen has some of the biggest and most stunning shows in town –however, it is also known for its frequent closures.

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles 213-621-1741 www.moca.org
 

Spring and sakura celebration last Sunday at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo!

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