KENZO friends old and new joined Carol and Humberto for the Resort 2015 presentation and cocktail party at 4 World Trade Centre, including Dakota Fanning, Chloé Sevigny, Henry Holland and Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol of The Misshapes, with Javier Perhal on the decks.
Humberto and Carol backstage.
Eva Chen, editor in chief of Lucky Magazine.
Carol Lim, Dakota Fanning and Humberto Leon.
Jane Keltner de Valle (editor of Teen Vogue), Bryan Boy.
Carol, Chloé Sevigny and Humberto.
Geordon Nicol, Leigh Lezark and Humberto Leon.
Drew Elliott and Mickey Boardman from PAPER magazine.
Like Kenzo Takada before them, Carol and Humberto worked to present what they themselves called an “outsider’s view” on the French girl's look: “Living between Paris and New York, we love and revere the ease and effortlessness of French dressing.”
Playing on Gallic staples such as the blue and white Breton striped knit, girlish chemises, refined tailoring with playful parachute-like volumes and gilded hardware in the form of medallions and chains, they aimed to ultimately pay homage to the refined signatures of the classic French woman’s wardrobe.
Carol and Humberto added their signature contemporary and energizing twist to all: graphic shapes reflecting the precise geometry of 17th Century French gardens; cobalt blue legionnaire sandals; colour and print blocking and a giant polka dot motif with Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty badges scattered across it. As they put it themselves - “We love excess à la Française!”
See the full Resort 2015 collection here and read Carol and Humberto's statement.
KENZO presents a new range of bags for 2015, including the 'Bike' bag in pebbled leathers and spazzolato trims.
Photographer Filep Motwary was on hand to capture the jury as they met the ten finalists in the fashion competition during the International Festival of fashion and photography at Hyères.
Photo above, from left to right: Jean-Pierre Blanc (Director of the festival at Hyères); Carol Song; Pamela Golbin; Jay Massacret; Chloe Sevigny; Humberto Leon; Jaime Perlman; Carol Lim; Spike Jonze; Eric Wilson and Maida Gregory (Creative director of the fashion shows).
Above, from left to right : Jaime Perlman, Pamela Golbin, Humberto and Carol at the presentation of the ten finalists.
Left: Spike Jonze reads the finalists’ biographies.
Each finalist was allocated a team of models for the weekend, which allowed them to build a rapport with their new 'muses' over the three days. The designers presented their collections and inspirations to the jury and answered questions; later they had the chance to present to the press, festival-goers and the public of Hyères in the fashion show concepted and directed by top casting director Maida Gregory.
Above: Kenta Matsushige’s collection is presented to the jury.
The jury panel with Jean-Pierre Blanc and Maida Gregory.
Yulia Yefimtchuk’s collection is presented to the jury.
Jaime Perlman and Chloé Sevigny.
Coralie Mirabelle’s collection is presented to the jury.
Spike Jonze and Kenta Matsushige in discussion in the designers’ showroom.
The first day of the Hyères festival is underway and the sun is shining on the Villa Noailles! Right now, the fashion jury are meeting the ten finalists of the Grand Prix competition.
While the photographers and exhibitors put the finishing touches to their installations, and earlybird festivalgoers take tea in the hanging garden, Carol, Humberto and the eight other members of the fashion jury are currently being presented the collections of the ten fashion finalists.
The jury of the Hyères Fashion Grand Prix is as follows:
Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, KENZO creative directors and Presidents of the jury.
Maurizio Cattelan, artist and founding member of TOILETPAPER, the creative team behind our Autumn/Winter 2013 and Spring/Summer 2014 KENZO campaigns.
Pamela Golbin, general curator, fashion and textile museum Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Spike Jonze, film director and friend of Carol and Humberto.
Jay Massacret, fashion director of V and Vman magazines.
Jaime Perlman, creative director of British Vogue.
Chloë Sevigny, actress and friend of Carol and Humberto.
Carol Song, head buyer at Opening Ceremony.
Eric Wilson, fashion news director, American InStyle magazine.
You can read more about the ten fashion design finalists here.
After the jury has met each finalist one by one, there will be a runway show of the designers tonight at 9pm in the hangar de la mouture venue.
Stay tuned to KENZINE and the KENZO twitter and instagram accounts for live updates from Hyères throughout the weekend!