NO FISH NO NOTHING EXPERIENCE
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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.
MESSAGE FROM CAROL AND HUMBERTO
"We are delighted to announce a highly committed partnership with marine protection specialists the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE). Born and raised in California and living in close proximity to the beach and ocean, the protection of all marine life has always been a cause extremely close to our hearts. And with a Spring-Summer Collection for 2014 borne of a maelstrom of oceanic inspirations, we have made it our joint mission to assist in the fight against marine pollution, overfishing and destruction of marine life, through partnering with one of the strongest teams of conservationists today.
The decline of the oceans is the world’s largest solvable problem and with decisive action and support, over the next 20 years, this crisis can be reversed. BLUE, which was established in 2010 by the team behind the award-winning documentary ‘The End of the Line’, is dedicated to actively and effectively protecting 10 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2020 through establishing a network of marine reserves and innovative private sector solutions. Already, the charity has brokered the creation of major marine protected areas in locations including the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the largest fully protected marine reserve in the world and Turneffe Atoll on the Caribbean coast of Belize, being the largest unprotected fragment of the world’s second largest barrier reef. Before BLUE was born, only 1% of the oceans were protected. Today, this figure has doubled to 2.8% but more needs to be done. BLUE is working hard to ensure our oceans are no longer out of sight and out of mind, but that future generations can appreciate their beauty, and enjoy a sustainable fish supply, for years and years to come.
We were eager to partner with a visionary organization that spoke about how we could live in harmony with the ocean. As we researched different charitable associations, we discovered BLUE to be the perfect match. We wholeheartedly support their mission in creating sustainable fishing and creating marine reserves. We are extremely excited about this long term partnership between KENZO and BLUE and hope to create more and more awareness to this issue.”
Carol Lim & Humberto Leon
BLUE’s mission statement is the active and effective protection of 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020, delivered through a network of marine reserves and private sector led solutions in the sea.
To financially assist the Blue Marine Foundation with all their endeavours, KENZO has launched a line of unisex sweaters and tee-shirts with the slogan “No fish no nothing”. The pieces will be sold in KENZO stores, at Kenzo.com (click here to discover the capsule collection for women and for men) and other participating retailers.
The 29th edition of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères will take place from the 25th to the 28th of April 2014 at the Villa Noailles. The exhibitions will run until the 25th of May.
The festival is directed by Jean-Pierre Blanc and Didier Grumbach, who support young talents in the field of fashion and photography every year. Thanks to the partners of the festival, many prizes reward the new wave of creators in competition.
This year the presidents of the jury are Carol Lim and Humberto,our creative directors. They were in Paris on the 22nd of January and chose the final 10 candidates among more than 312 apllications, 55 nationalities, 45 pre-selected.
They were assisted by a team of friends and fashion specialists:
Carol Song, buyer at Opening Ceremony
Chloë Sevigny, actress
Jay Massacret, editor-in-chief of VMan
Eric Wilson, fashion editor of american InStyle
And other personnalities who will complete the jury and join them at the Festival d'Hyères.
The jury selected ten young fashion designers from 8 different countries.
Ukraine, Women Collection
Netherlands, Women collection
France, Women Collection
Netherlands, Men collection
Estonia, Women collection
Japan, Women collection
France, Women collection
Austria, Women collection
Belgium, Men collection
Lettonia, Men Collection
Set credit: Mathilde Nivet
The FALL/WINTER MENS SHOW
This morning our Fall/Winter 2014 men's show was taking place in Paris not far from our headquarters. This season, the West coast is still the main inspiration but this time we head North to the rainy cities.
With this collection, we focused on how perceived classic elements could be broken and reinterpreted.
An effort in opposites attract where the familiar is twisted. The collection is bold, precise in its considered mixing of textures, proportions and shapes.
Everyday tailoring is distinguished yet distorted and what appears as the norm is reflected in an unconventional light. The silhouette is fragmented and layered. Trousers are high waisted, straight legged and worn with chopped knits.
4-button, high-revered suit jackets appear peeking out from underneath hooded sweaters. Discerning asymmetric and delineated stitching on coats and jackets break the classic and defuse the standard. Peacoats with raincoat volumes feature stepping on the back to add extra strata to the silhouette. The collections palette of browns and greys is jarred with injections of orchid and wild lime.
Prints include landscapes, factory worker’s tool creatures and an x-ray neon check. We embroidered replicas of the prints onto plastic foil knits.
To complement our winter collection, accessories are industrial and surface as elements from a steelworkers uniform. Safety boots anchor the chopped up silhouette.
The tool creature bracelets adorn workers wrists while spanner and nuts are pinned to down jackets. Our messenger bag is oversized, metalized, quilted and worn hugged against the body.
Since taking the helm as artistic directors for KENZO in July 2011, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have succeeded in reviving the fresh air and creative energy that invigorated the brand in its 70s heyday.
With vibrant colors, modern cuts, digitalized prints, unexpected events and amusing campaigns they brought to the streets, the pair has managed to capture the spirit of the house, all the better to add their trademark twist. This youthful energy is their signature: raw, spontaneous and urban. The streewear pieces of the collection brings a younger generation of KENZO fans to our community and they have a playful attitude towards fashion and themselves.
winners of the #KENZOSKY contest
We are happy to announce the winners of our #kenzosky Instagram contest! All through the summer, we asked you to get inspired by our Fall-Winter sky prints (day clouds, night clouds, thunderbolts, raindrop…) and shoot your most beautiful sky.
The participation was amazing! Thanks to you and your #kenzosky tagged pics, we went all over the world and discovered how creative and inspired is the KENZO instagram community! Here are the winners, picked by Carol and Humberto. Thanks again for your participation and if you don’t follow us on Instagram yet, join at @kenzo!
Congratulations to our grand winner, Monica Martins (@monicamartins) from Rio de Janeiro, who wins a “Day Clouds” sweatshirt for this amazing shot (the first picture with the clouds on the window). Here’s what Monica says about this pic :
“I took this one at the Caracol Park in Canela, near Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, this year, where my husband was one of the judges at one of the biggest film festivals of Brazil. So when we got to the balcony, while everyone was looking down, I looked up and noticed that there was a window to the sky. And there was my shot."
Here is what Carol and Humberto had to say about their pick : “This is a wonderful sky picture and we love the fact that it needs a double take, that it takes a second to understand what it is. And we happen to do that too with our work!”
The following winners got picked by Carol and Humberto and won a “Day Clouds” iPhone5 case :
Laura Miano (@lauramiano) from Melbourne, Australia :
“This picture was taken while I was on a road trip to Byron Bay. A friend and I happened to wake up at 5am and when we went outside we were greeted with this amazing sunrise!”
Julie Lours (@julielours) from Montreal, Canada :
“July 19 2013 in Toronto. After a thunderous storm, there was a post-aocalyptic atmosphere in the city, clouds were litteraly poping out of the sky which had turned all yellow… Time to go out for a beer and capture that eerie vision with my rusted iphone!”
Christian Scharf (@torrent_av) from Stockholm, Sweden :
“This photo was sprung out of inspiration straight after a visit to the modern art section of the National Art Gallery, with the more-than-awesome room of Calder sculptures. It actually shows a small part of the triangular stylish west wing building against the blue Washington D.C. sky. The darkened black section is a real mystery, I really have no idea where it came from.”
Nicolas Talon (@nicolas_heel) from Rhode Island, USA :
“I took this pic in a field near my French hometown. I’ve always wanted to go to United States and since last August it became a reality : I am studying in Rhode Island for a year!”
Homs Padrisa Carme (@carmehomsp) from Barcelona, Spain :
“I took this photo at Cotllioure (France) in Easter week, on april 2013. It was a trip of many good pictures along the route Barcelona, Cadaques, Cap de Creus, Collioure. It was a nice rainy week but very lovely. I've got good memories!”
Pauline Alexia (@blogenbeaute) from Paris, France :
“On a spring evening, as I was standing on my balcony in Paris, I got taken over by the magic of the sky…”
Jorge Fuentes Cervantes (@georgefuentesc) from Mexico :
“I took this picture while I was having a break from a busy day in summer, I saw the sky and it make me felt like fliying =)”
Jenny Remy (@remysreflections) from New York
Steven Singorahardjo (@ssingorahardjo) from Indonesia
Tyler Snyder (@tylerjsnyder) from Houston
Kenzo Takada studied Japanese tailoring at Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College, where he took an interest in the kimono and other traditional cuts.
In his subsequent career he revisited the kimono time and again, merging Asian and western influences. The cut remained at the forefront of fashion throughout the 1970s and 1980s thanks to his endless reinterpretations in the form of shirts, coats and cross-draped skirts. The kimono shirt, featuring wide sleeves and a belted waist, became one of his signature pieces over the years.
Carol and Humberto are now conjuring up new twists on the kimono. It is featured throughout the women’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection in three-quarter-sleeve shirts, belted braided coats speckled with eye motifs, skirts and double-breasted jackets. This staple is part and parcel of the Kenzo DNA, constantly reinvented in new reincarnations, inspired by tradition and realized in modern cuts and materials.
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!
For the Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Carol and Humberto brought a new type of vegetation to KENZO, from psychedelic forests to striped orchids from their digital jungle.
They camped out in the wilds of rural Thailand to bring back a slice of lush jungle. For Spring/Summer 2014, the focus goes to hand-drawn Californian palm trees.