The soundtrack of the KENZO women's fall fall/winter 2014 show
This atmospheric and hypnotic soundtrack is based on the distortion of the beat and time, a key element in the work of David Lynch that is also found in the distorting mirrors surrounding the impressive statue. The minimalist melody revolve around a perpetual crackling on which synthetic tracks are added to create ultimately a worrying and dark music, in contrast with the bright collection of this season.
Carol and Humberto are aficionados of new technologies. Their hyper-connected lives are shared online on social networks and KENZO is a playground where they experiment new digital forms of expression.
They constantly place innovation at the core of our house codes: last June, for example, they chose to present a holographic version of our Fall/Winter 2013 collection, during the LVMH Journées Particulières. Kenzine and our constant presence on social networks could be an other illustration of this statement and tell everything about Carol and Humberto's inspirations, showing you the behind the scenes and giving you a live coverage of the brand activity. Innovation will also transform our retail more and more with digitalized new spaces, connecting all aspects of the house in a 360° digital experience.
KENZO and Vans have teamed up four times on different capsule collections. Season after season, the Vans Authentic, chukkas and Slip-Ons were covered in the iconic prints of the brand and the limited edition kicks sell out in mere days. KENZO creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were keen to impart a classic American aesthetic into the Paris-based label.
"Since our childhood in suburban L.A., we've been fans of Vans and own too many pairs to count!" they explained. "Vans is one of the iconic American brands and we liked the idea of infusing this bit of American style into the house of KENZO."
KENZO is where casual meets elegance. This fusion has defined the brand since its creation in the 1970s. Carol Lim and Humberto Leon grew up in L.A. urban culture where they were inspired by the easy going Californian street style. Today, they continue to draw from urban inspirations whether it's the streets in New York to the avenues in Paris.
They infuse modernity to the KENZO wardrobe with streetwear pieces like sweatshirts, caps, varsity jackets, biker jackets and sneakers, twisted with the key prints of the season.
The tiger is alternately seen as a symbol of longevity, energy or protection. The carnivorous mammal with the striped coat roared back into life in the KENZO Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Now synonymous with the brand’s newfound energy, a color-embroidered tiger head takes pride of place on unisex sweatshirts, tee-shirts and other accessories, making it a must-have talisman to survive the urban jungle.
This season, our favorite animal is reincarnated as a flying tiger exploring the jungle in the sky and its embroidered head comes in brand new colors.
This fall, you discovered our jungle of the skies. A celestial theme pervades the prints in the men’s and women’s collections: Daytime and Nighttime clouds, in blue or red, lightning bolts, raindrops and stars appear on skirts, trousers, jackets, coats and even in the accessories and jewelry.
The KENZO tiger is reincarnated as a double-headed flying creature and joined by other reptiles that populate the sky jungle.
Serious foodies Carol and Humberto are as passionate about fashion as they are about gourmet cuisine. Always eager to try out something new, the globetrotting pair whet their appetites with recipes from the four corners of the planet. They readily divulge their latest food obsessions and favorite eateries on Kenzine.
But it wouldn’t be right to talk food without a shout out to Humberto’s mom Wendy, whom he lauds as one of the most inventive and talented chefs he knows. Wendy is renowned for her ability to rustle up any dish you can name and she shares her lip-smacking recipes quite often on Kenzine. We also regularly publish recipes inspired by our collections. This month, they are all dedicated to Indian cuisine. Stay tuned !
Travel is an essential part of the KENZO story. Kenzo Takada left his native Japan in 1965 on an odyssey which would end in his conquest of Paris.
He later flew to Peru, India and Africa in search of inspiration. It was travel as well that inspired Carol and Humberto to found Opening Ceremony and showcase designers from Hong Kong, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, France, and the rest of the world. And it is still that quest to discover new places and new cultures that inspire them for the KENZO collections. Last season, we trailed the jungles of Thaïland. This season, we went on a mythical trip to India, Nepal and China, and next summer we will take a ticket for the sun, in California.
BOOK CORNER #31: RED MAZE
When the catalogue opens with a quote from Joyce’s Ulysses, it bodes well for a graphic art exhibition. Stanley Donwood is the pen name of notoriously reclusive artist Dan Rickwood. Known for his album covers for Radiohead, the designer still works closely with the band’s singer Thom Yorke. At times it’s hard to tell their work apart, and they take a perverse pleasure in giving nothing away. Stanley Donwood’s polymorphous work is a mesh of naïve art drawings and typography, pixels and layouts, painting and collage.
The catalogue is arranged by chapters that trace the ties between his personal work and his commissions. The many anecdotes and other passages of text describe the meandering discoveries that make up the creative process of a graphic artist. We close the book with a pang of nostalgia for album cover art, which by now is practically ancient history…
Red Maze by Stanley Donwood, 2010, 160 p. Published by Schunk, Netherlands.
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