KENZO WISHES YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Happy holidays to all of you and get ready for a year 2015 full of brightness, energy and optimism!
THE FRENCH XMAS RECIPES : #3 - CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Last but not least, our third French Xmas recipe: chocolate truffles recipe to wow your friends and family with in your christmas dinner menu!
300g dark chocolate
20cl heavy cream
50g unsalted butter
1 egg yoke extra fresh
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Chop the chocolate and tip into a bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan over a medium heat and let it heat up gently. Remove from heat, then delicately pour over the chocolate with a spatula. The cream and butter should not to be too hot, as otherwise the mixture would split. Crack the egg and pour the yoke into the mixture.
Pour the mixture onto a big dish and let it cool in the fridge.
Once the ganache starts getting firm, dice it and put the dices onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Return to fridge until it is completely cold.
Once the mixture is cold and set, roll the truffles between your palms. Coat your truffles with powdered cocoa.
Store in the fridge until serving.
You can also easily use other toppings as you desire: powdered sugar, candied chestnuts, crushed, shelled pistachio nuts or hazelnuts.
image credit: Simon Doggett
THE FIRST LADY WEARS KENZO!
Michelle Obama made us really proud as she was wearing KENZO prefall 14 to speak at the 'Mobilizing for Children's Rights, Supporting Local Leaders and Improving Girls' Education' event at the Brookings Institution on December 12, 2014 in Washington, DC
The first Lady was wearing the Distortion print from the Pre Fall collection, inspired by David Lynch's oeuvre.
TALES AND STORIES - PART 4: THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
It's a well known story that the 'Liberty enlightening the world' was designed by a French sculptor (Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi) as a gift to the United States from the people of France.
Yet very few people know that hundreds of smaller replicas have been created worldwide. The first (original) statue stands in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris but there is an other one near the Grenelle Bridge on the Île aux Cygnes. So the Statue of Liberty is also part of the Parisian monuments and made complete sense in our Spring/Summer 2015 collection inspired by the city of love and the city that nevers sleeps!
The Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower were two elements of the same idea: Carol and Humberto's outsiders vision of Paris throug the eyes of two Americans raised in California and living in New York.
For Christmas, the iron ladies both turn gold in a shiny version for men and women, announcing a whole collection in Spring/Summer dedicated to New York and Paris.
THE FRENCH XMAS RECIPES - #2 : THE CHOCOLATE MACARON
We were telling you last week: everybody at KENZO including Carol and Humberto is quite obsessed with food.
So here's a second classic in you want to wow your friends and family with in your christmas dinner menu : the chocolate macaron.
Recipe for 25 macaroons
125g almond meal or almond flour (1 cup)
200g icing sugar (2 cups)
20g natural unsweetened cocoa powder (3 tablespoons)
100g egg whites (3 large egg whites)
20g icing sugar (3 tablespoons)
100g heavy cream (1/2 cup)
200g dark chocolate 72% (4 ounce)
60g unsalted butter (1/4 stick)
For the ganache :
Chop the chocolate in a large bowl. Bring the cream to a boil. When it starts to boil, stir it into the chocolate and stir until smooth and shiny. Add the butter and stir gently.
Chill in the refrigerator.
For the macaroons:
Sift through a flour sifter 250g of icing sugar, almond flour and cocoa powder.
Chill in the refrigerator.
Beat the egg whites until they are white in color and hold the line of the whisk and add 20g of icing sugar.
Continue to beat and when the peaks are stiff, add the sugar, almond flour and cocoa powder.
Using a spatula, gently fold the mixture into the egg whites.
Transfer the batter to a pastry bag with a 1/4-inch plain tip.
Pipe out 1-1/2 inch rounds onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let the rounds sit at room temperature for 3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 minutes.
Once the macaroons are baked, let them cool for ten minutes.
Remove the macaroons from the baking sheet and pipe the ganache onto the flat side of a macaroon and top each half with another macaroon to make a sandwich.
Refrigerate for 6 hours.
You can also sprinkle cocoa powder on top.
THE FRENCH XMAS RECIPES - #1 : THE MONT BLANC
Everybody at KENZO including Carol and Humberto is quite obsessed with food! Even our Spring/Summer 2015 collection that plays with the codes of French fashion and is in part inspired by French pâtisserie (you can try to discover what kind in particular here).
So here's a well kept internal secret: the Mont Blanc (like the mountain in the Alps) recipe, a traditionnal French (and also Italian) pâtisserie with meringue, cream and chestnut! The perfect dessert for Christmas.
Preparation time: 1h
Cooking time: 2h
120 g egg whites
120 g caster sugar to beat the egg whites
120 g caster sugar
¼ Madagascar vanilla bean
160g chestnut purée
140g chestnut cream
100 g whipping cream 30 % fat
1 tsp sugar
In food processor, beat egg whites at room temperature while gradually adding 225g sugar.
Once the whites hold a stiff peak when the beaters are lifted, delicately add with a spatula 225g sifted icing sugar.
Scrape the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip and pipe small rounds.
Bake two hours at 194°F (90°C). Open the door every 15 minutes to let the steam out.
Mix 20cl liquid cream, 50g mascarpone cheese, 25g sugar and ½ vanilla pod. Beat until stiff.
Beat 150g chestnut cream, 200g chestnut paste, 200g chestnut purée, 1 cl cognac and whip fast for a couple of minutes. Transfer the chestnut cream to a piping bag fitted with a special Mont Blanc nozzle (punctured with many holes)
Arrange meringues on a serving platter. Pipe whipped cream on top of the meringues. Use a tablespoon to form a half a sphere shape.
Pipe the light chestnut cream around the whipped cream.
Sprinkle icing sugar.
Sprinkle with pieces of candied and glazed chestnuts.
Bon appétit !
TALES AND STORIES - part 2: THE KENZO Eye
The all-seeing eye is known as the eye of Providence and it is often surrounded by ray of lights and enclosed by a triangle, sometimes by clouds or sunbursts, like on the one dollar bill.
For the Fall/Winter 2013 women's collection, Carol and Humberto examined ancient temples around India, Nepal and China, and the elements and details within. They took a mythological pilgrimage to the soaring heights of these mysterious temples' pinnacles, where the symbol of the Eye beams as a protector in all directions of North, South, East and West.
Today, the eye is one of our signatures and it returns every season, almost as a talisman.
'Images are fantastic of course, but if you are as passionate about fashion as I am, it would be a pity and even unforgivable to give up on texts. Especially if they are historical, mythical and cheerful. London, 1955: Mary Quant already runs her own store, Bazaar on King’s Road, a kind of concept store predating the idea itself. Then came the mini-skirts, in the midst of the energy of swinging London. Quant by Quant is a 200-page book adorned with pictures. It is also an autobiography which tells the story of a particular period in fashion history, told from the point of view of someone who was there at the time. Now let’s be clear, if you have to read it, it’s got to be in English and in its original edition. What’s convenient is that you don’t have to spend hours on the Internet, we dug it up for you….'
'Quant by Quant', 1966, 200 p. Ed. Cassell.
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TALES AND STORIES - part 1: the KENZO tiger
The tiger is alternately seen as a symbol of longevity, energy or protection.
For their debut in the KENZO Fall/Winter 2012 collection, Carol and Humberto paid tribute to the Fall/Winter 1983 collection by Kenzo Takada with a reference to the tiger of the KENZO Jungle logo.
They put the Tiger face on a sweatshirt that was part of the show and the campaign... The success was immediate. You probably know the rest!