Fashion at Work with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon
Chef, writer, interior design... What would our creative directors -Carol Lim and Humberto Leon- do if they didn't work in fashion?
The films of David Lynch – the core inspiration for Fall/Winter 2014 – are peppered with machines and tools, and Carol and Humberto played on this motif for their KENZO collections. The opening credits for Twin Peaks, for instance, include a disturbingly long 50 second focus on a saw-sharpening machine. They entertained the fantasy that tools could have their own agency, and so the ‘Monsters’ print was born.
Our ‘Monster’ seem to be composed of an assortment of steelworker’s tools left carelessly on the floor, yet there is a strange beauty about them: from another point of view they could be mistaken for the silhouettes of birds of paradise, or floral patterns.
The KENZO summer playlist for HERO Magazine
2 On by Tinashe
Two Weeks by FKA Twigs
Chandelier by Sia
Down On My Luck by Vic Mensa
Partition by Beyoncé
Summer Fling by Willow Smith
You & Me (Flume Remix) by Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
Trigger by Maluca Mala
Klapp Klapp by Little Dragon
Thirsty by Mariah Carey
Melba’s Call by BOK BOK feat. Kelela
Shades Of Cool by Lana Del Rey
Problem by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
Last week we really dangled the carrot for you with our behind-the-scenes teaser GIFs, before finally revealing the 12 images of our Fall/Winter 2014 campaign. Today, we take you behind the scenes of the campaign shoot - our third collaboration with the Toiletpaper team - through the lens of Balarama Heller, who was on hand to capture the typically playful atmosphere on the set.
The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. Over the course of the season, we have taken you on a virtual roadtrip, taking in modernist and experimental architecture, Venice Beach skaters, gourmet bathers, Mike Kelley's stuffed animal sculptures and David Hockney's swimming pool. So for the last book corner of Spring/Summer 2014, we couldn't resist asking Angelo to indulge in probably California's most famous aspect...Hollywood!
I have to admit that there is something that Hollywood does better than anybody else, and that is manufacturing the actors’ image. That’s what the dream factory’s all about! Nobody really wants to know that Marilyn was rather short and that every ‘candid’ shot necessitated a good hour of hair and make up beforehand. “Fame,” in which Brad Benedict has gathered a collection of pop, surrealist, kitsch or caricatural portraits, is at the same time a tribute to Hollywood and a wink at the reader. Nobody is really taken in, and it’s actually fun: Mona Lisa is masculine, Liz Taylor is unrefined, Woody Allen is fickle, Maris Callas is roaring… Fame is as much a catalog of faces as of graphic designs and styles, from the figurative to the most expressive, and the funniest. Photography, that cannot be ignored, has somehow made drawing obsolete – for now anyway…
Fame – Brad Benedict Bei Taschen comics, 1984, 112 p. Ed. Taschen.
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Last season, Petit Comité drew inspiration from Asian and Indian cooking to offer us recipes that were as delicious as they were surprising.
With summer just around the corner, Chefs François Pasteau and Olivier Roellinger taught us how to reconcile the protection of endangered species by cooking delicious fish dishes using pollock, mackerel and black mullet. Yummy!
The video of the KENZO Men's Spring/Summer 2015 show
Their generation epitomizes the uninhibited 1980s creative emancipation that was perfectly embodied by subcultures and counter culture movements like punk. Carol and Humberto have manifested the spirit of Generation X in their re-appropriation of KENZO, constantly diverting classical French fashion codes to create the unexpected; going from darkness into light, from humor to seriousness.
For the Spring/Summer 2014 collections, Carol and Humberto drew on the defiant and militant characteristics of Generation X and mixed them with the spirit of celebration and optimism that is quintessentially KENZO.
KENZO loves all things quirky and unexpected that make you look twice. Trompe l'oeil is a French Renaissance art term that literally translates to "that which deceives the eye", and our summer sunglasses play on this visual trick, becoming trompe l'oeil jewelry.
Devon Aoki wore the ‘Marble’ sunglasses in our Spring/Summer 2014 campaign by TOILETPAPER - just one of the surrealist images that epitomizes the atypical spirit so dear to KENZO.
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Carol and Humberto have both fostered a love of underground cultures since their teens, and they love to juxtapose the disruption of those influences with more conventional mainstream codes. They forge their singular approach in particular through their creative vision for KENZO; from their different artistic collaborations, to their choice of photographers for the campaigns and the eclectic composers they pick for the show soundtracks.
The duo constantly draws inspirations from underground cultures, which translate into strong visual touch points in the KENZO collections. For Spring/Summer 2014 ‘80s punk bands such as Black Flag, skateboarding and unconventional beach cultures were all celebrated. This Autumn, David Lynch’s Americana and experimental cinema will be next.
Discover more about some of the underground influences of the KENZO Spring/Summer 2014 collection: