KENZO campaign gets animated!
Much in the vein of the KENZO Fall/Winter 13 campaign, the collaboration leans playfully towards the surreal and paints another picture of the KENZO universe.
Inspired by the primary Spring/Summer themes for men and women, we are plunged into a fantasy world of giant fish, waves and mesmerizing marine elements.
Model and actress Devon Aoki features alongside Paul Boche in the series of thought provoking images.
Animation by Thomas Traum
Music: "Groove-Script" by Joe Howe (forthcoming on Sound Pellegrino)
KENZO x TOILETPAPER SPRING/SUMMER CAMPAIGN
This season, KENZO and TOILETPAPER teamed up again for a new campaign under the sign of derision and humor, with California between the lines as an inspiration for the Spring/Summer collections. This time, horses are gone and our gorgeous Devon Aoki and Paul Boche are riding gigantic fishes! Between "New Wave" and surrealism...
KENZINE by TOILETPAPER
KENZINE is a collaboration between TOILETPAPER magazine and KENZO.
Named after our blog, KENZINE has been published in a limited run of 1500 numbered copies.
TOILETPAPER was founded in 2010 by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, with the art direction of Micol Talso as a picture-based magazine. Photos published in the magazine have been applied to a variety of products and media, exploring the multiple possibilities for images to live beyond the pages. In this frame, the TOILETPAPER creative team, met with KENZO and ideated the advertising campaign for the Fall/Winter 2013 season.
KENZINE will be available in KENZO stores this Saturday.
KENZO IN HONG KONG - PART#2: EMMANUEL PERROTIN GALLERY
After the re-opening of our store at Landmark, the celebrations continued in nearby Central district. Carol and Humberto hosted a dinner at Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, which represents Maurizio Cattelan, one of our favourite artist who's also part of the TOILETPAPER team behind our Fall/Winter 2013 advertising campaign.
Toiletpaper’s visuals for Kenzo provided the decor, with blown-up t-shirts and poster-covered walls serving as an impromptu backdrop for photocalls by our guests, among them bloggers Cindiddy, Denise Lai and Janice Lee, and Hong Kong fashion scene figureheads Kevin Poon, Kat Yeung and Faye Tsui.
The dinner tables decorations were inspired by the themes from our collection, with placemats and light holders bedecked in Lotus Eye, Flying Tiger and Cloud prints. All-star chef May Chow created a tasting menu of the finest in contemporary Chinese cuisine which included his specialty Bao, a burger with a Chinese bun twist.
Our guests wasted no time in instagramming their burgers garnished with Ks and eyes for the occasion! A rousing post-dinner performance by percussionists Drumcat –probably the world’s only foxy female Korean drummer outfit complete with leather boots and salsa moves– brought the evening to an end with a bang!
Tête à tête with Hans Feurer
Hans Feurer is a pillar of fashion photography. For fifty years, he's been travelling around the world, capturing the beauty of strong women in natural light. Yesterday in London, we organised a book signing with him for the launch of his first monograph "Exotic Eye" (Damiani). He accepted to answer a few questions about his work and fashion photography today.
KENZINE: With the publication of your monograph “Exotic Eye”, images from early 1980s Kenzo campaigns are back out there. Can you tell us how your long-term collaboration with Kenzo Takada came about?
Hans Feurer: I was impressed with Kenzo Takada’s sensibility and “multi-ethnic” openness from his very first collection. The fact that he mixed African, Hindu, Japanese and Chinese features in his collection. That tolerance and generosity towards all world cultures. I was impressed with that right away, I loved his work from the start. I wanted to follow all his collections, all his shows. When Kenzo Takada asked me to do a campaign for his label, he gave me carte blanche. I don’t think there was any agency or team in charge of advertising at that time. He had no set concept in mind. Just a budget. So with the help of an amazing stylist named Françoise Havan, we decided to head someplace with a girl to experiment. From the start I wanted to do close ups (and Kenzo Takada gave me free reign there) of eyes and materials. So that was the direction we took. And we did it time and again, with wonderful models like Sayoko and Iman. It was ideal.
I’ve traveled a lot, I spent years in Africa, India and South America, and I always noticed how women, even in the fields, would be incredibly well dressed, much more feminine, with extraordinary colors everywhere. Today things have changed. Africans are trying to look like Europeans. Even Indians want to dress like Parisians.
In photography too, times have changed and it’s all very polished now. You rarely see ethnic features in magazine shoots or campaigns. The models all look the same. Their personality is erased. Or shall we say other personality types come through. But seeing people’s reactions to the publication of my book, I think there’s been a hugely enthusiastic response to using colors, so I think there’s a place for that kind of photography again.
K: You are often described as a pioneer of street styling. How do you feel today about street looks and the surge of fashion blogs?
H. F.: I’ve always tried to photograph women in real life, to give a sense of truth to street poses, so it’s true that I could be described as a street photography artist. But I don’t really have an opinion on those blogs, I don’t look at them. The virtual world is my enemy. I’m a big fan of the sensual, the human. I don’t have much interest in the digital or virtual world.
K: Why are you releasing this book now?
H. F.: I’d never released a book until now because I’ve always found that the majority of print books don’t do justice to the photos, and very few photos deserve to feature in a book. And then there were far too many books. But many of my shoots for Vogue and for English magazine Nova in the 1970s and 1980s had a flavor or particular idea, which went on to inspire many well-known photographers, and I wanted to show where and how some of these ideas came about.
K: Can you describe your work in a few words?
H. F.: I try to project dreams and desires. To show how a woman could look or wants to look.
K: What is your next destination?
H. F.: England for the signing in London, then Russia to do a shoot on the Olympics, and Kenya for a fishing vacation in between.
Portrait by Max Vadukul.
Photographs by Hans Feurer.
Photography : Laetitia Hotte
Assistant : Yannick D'Orio
Style : Annabelle Baldero Lacuna
Hair : Jonathan Geimon @Airport, using Bumble and bumble
Make up: Christopher Kam @Airport
Olga and Dasha @Silent models
KENZO x TOILETPAPER CAPSULE COLLECTION
Our KENZO x TOILETPAPER collection will be available on Monday in the e-shop!
The iconic images of our Fall/Winter campaign by the creative team of the cult Italian magazine are back on a collection of tee-shirts and sweatshirts.
Get ready, the edition is very limited!
Bus Attack! Our KENZO x Toilet Paper campaign is all over Paris for fashion week!
Discover our KENZO KIDS campaign shot by Philippe Jarrigeon!
4TH OF JULY PARTY