Invitation to the Men's Spring/Summer 2014 show - Kenzine, the Kenzo official blog

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It is a tradition at KENZO to always have a little souvenir for our guests at the shows. This time, Carol ad Humberto conceived an aromatic mix for a tea called KENZO "phone home" as reference to the futuristic dimension of the Fall/Winter 2015 collection

 

 

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Inside, you'll find a list of unusual ingredients like Zhejiang Chunmee, Lapacho, Ginko Biloba, Cocoa Nibs or Sobacha but the result is -on the opposite- very expected: delicious!

Perfect for cold mornings.

Try this at home.
 

Once again our friends and families were in Philarmonie de Paris to support us and the Fall/Winter men's collection!

Discover our best shots of Caroline Issa, Pierpaolo Ferrari and Maurizio Catelan, Kenzo Takada, Sarah Endelman, Edison Chen, Verbal and Yoon!

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A little backstage tour with our favourite make up artist Aaron de Mey and hair desser Anthony Turner preparing our models for the show!

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Once again our friends supported KENZO yesterday morning at the freshly inaugurated Philarmonie de Paris where Carol Lim and Humberto Leon presented their Fall/Winter 2015 men's show for KENZO. Joining their teams of the season in fun duels, they carried OUI vs NON signs or supported the Eiffel Tower vs the Statue of Liberty, showing love to Paris or New York, a perfect illustration of our Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

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The show was held in the freshly inaugurated Philarmonie de Paris, architect Jean Nouvel’s jagged almuninum starship concert hall on the city’s northeastern edge in the Parc de la Villette cultural center. For the Fall/Winter 2015 menswear collection, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon mixed technical fabrics and urban sport shape layering in an earthy rainbow of colors shot with flashes of fluorescent orange and silver.

 

 

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Hybrid combinations of tailoring and sport characterize this collection. The reefer slim coat with hood in military olive tech fabric shaped with black piping and patch pocket sleeves that opened the show is a case in point; it looks like a wet suit transformed into urbanwear. Sleeve cuffs with thumb holes, a functional detail taken from motorcycle racing jackets, show throughout the on coats, jackets and sweaters. Slim trousers in military olive or burgundy tech fabric are topped by great tunic sweaters in multicolor space dye knits or spliced, ikat-style stripes with thumb holes cuffs. Underneath the layered olive outerwear there’s fluorescent orange and black acid wash style jean jackets and stovepipe jeans.

 

Pattern runs throughout this collection on great satin parka coats spliced with black bands, in all over chalk on blackboard style doodles and big, fuzzy block lettering on knits and complex tech pattern intarsias. These patterns are piled one on top of another in jackets, sweaters and shirts in a seemingly haphazard fashion that creates a choatic symphony of color and form.

 


 

Jumpsuits are roomy styled like outerwear blousons with contrast colored yokes, or in chaotic pattern knit.  And there’s is a psychedelic feeling in tie-dye splatter-colored fur, which shows up in collars on satin tech blousons and allover in one scoop-neck jacket.

 

Everything in this collection is designed to be layered and the piled-on look is accentuated with trompe-l’œil blouson-over-coat  and multiple stripey sleeve constructions, which bring a muted rainbow of color to each look.

 

Bonded crinkled silver tech fabric  with fluorescent orange satin for big jackets gives a cartoon super hero drama to big anoraks and big parkas. And contrast-colored oversized stitching shows throughout on sweater stripes and bicolored leather sneakers as though the clothes have been taken apart and roughly stitched back together.

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Yesterday morning, somewhere in a futuristic landscape set in a skatepark, the KENZO family was front row to attend the women's Spring/Summer 2015 show

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Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni.

The editor of W Magazine, Stefano Tonchi.

The founder of the house of KENZO, Kenzo Takada.

Journalist Alexandra Golovanoff.

Sarah Andelman of colette.

Photographer Fabien Baron.

Susunna Lau of Style Bubble and Caroline Issa of Tank Magazine.

Godfrey Deeny of Le Figaro and Pierre-Yves Roussel of LVMH.

Justin O'Shea of My Theresa.

Journalists Melinda Triana and Alexandra Golovanoff with the founder of KENZO, Kenzo Takada.

Fashion consultant Julie Gilhart.

Humberto's mother, Wendy Leon.

The Misshapes.

Our creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim with Kenzo Takada, founder of the house.

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.

Anders Christian Madsen reviews the KENZO men's Spring/Summer show.

 

"Paris, je t’aime". Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are in love with the French capital, and for the KENZO spring/summer 2015 men’s show they thought they’d share it with their guests from around the world. Celebrities, editors, buyers, and family drove in procession through rainy Paris to Pont Alexandre III – the gilded bridge by the Grand Palais – where they were shown down to the riverbank. A canary yellow platform with matching benches had been erected on the quai below the bridge, the Eiffel Tower looming in the horizon. 

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Transparent KENZO umbrellas were passed around to guests and eventually created a mushroomed roof over the yellow platform, while black-clad team members wiped the rain off the runway with giant orange mops; a pretty amazing graphic effect.


On soundtrack duty, electronic duo Disclosure – Kenzo’s newest collaborators – opened the show with Giulio Franceschelli’s throbbing Loijy. It played for a while, seemingly with no runway action, before collective gasps suddenly went around the rows. In one ceremonious line, models were seen walking across Pont Alexandre III, the bright pastels of the collection lighting up in the rain. As they made their way to the stairs and the riverbank, each boy walked a round on the runway platform before disappearing back up the stairs onto the bridge. It was epic to say the least, and the pumping beat of Disclosure’s own When a Fire Starts to Burn, which played during the finale, only made the moment more powerful.

“I loved giving the Eiffel Tower to the guests,” Humberto said backstage, hosting the show solo due to Carol’s pregnancy. “Every time you’re here it’s so exciting to be able to see it, but sometimes you miss it so I thought, ‘You know what? This season I really want everybody to have the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower.’” Inspired by the designer duo’s first visit to Paris and the way Parisians dress, the collection featured symbolic Parisian images such as the replica of the Statue of Liberty – also a nod to Carol and Humberto’s homeland – and the words ‘KENZO PARIS’ emblazoned across the back of jackets. “I wanted something that was really quintessentially beautiful. The macaron pinks, blues greens to me are just gorgeous, gorgeous colours,” Humberto said.

With guests like Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson from Franz Ferdinand, Joe Jonas, Woodkid, and Jesse Metcalfe in the front row, and actor Theo Cholbi walking the final look, the show gave international visitors all the essence of Paris that Humberto had hoped for. Graphic dot patterns and stripes paid tribute to the eccentricity of the Parisian dresser while the neatness of chinos and snug jumpers in dusty pastels portrayed the pristine nature of Parisian men. “The Parisian guys are always in business suits, and then they get on their Vespas in a parka, and I love that idea,” Humberto said, referring to the motocross details that appeared throughout the collection.

 

“It’s now my third year here and I approached Paris for this collection with a really fresh eye. I was thinking of what Kenzo Takada might have thought when he first arrived in Paris in 1969,” Humberto said of KENZO’s founder, who was in attendance at the show. “So this collection was really about me re-living my first trip to Paris, re-experiencing everything that I love about it,” he noted. (The show invitation was even comprised of a ring of mini Eiffel Tower trinkets for everyone to keep.) From the dramatically cloudy Parisian sky acting as a natural backdrop for the show to the dome of the Grand Palais towering over the statues on the bridge, Paris couldn’t have looked better for its big KENZO tribute. Because this is the thing about Paris: even when it’s wet it looks hot.

 

See the KENZO Spring/Summer 2015 collection here.

KENZO friends old and new joined us at one of Paris most enamouring landmarks - Pont Alexandre III - for the men's Spring/Summer 2015 show this morning. A little spot of rain didn't deter Jo Jonas, Jesse Metcalfe, Woodkid or Alex and Paul from Franz Ferdinand from coming to support Humberto and Carol for the event. We were also honoured to have our founder, Kenzo Takada, in attendance.

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Top, from left to right: Jo Jonas, Cara Santana and Jesse Metcalfe.

 

Kenzo Takada

Pierpaolo Ferrari from Toiletpaper and Vrinda Mehta 

Yoann Lemoine (Woodkid)

Paul Thomson & Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand with Humberto Leon

Alex Badia from WWD

Caroline Issa (TANK magazine) and Jefferson Hack (Dazed Group)

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The KENZO Men's Spring/Summer 2015 show takes place tomorrow in Paris at 10am.


You're invited to join us for live coverage of the show on the KENZO Twitter and Instagram @kenzo from 8am CEST.

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Here is an exclsuive look at the show invitation - a typically playful and irreverent KENZO take on a familiar Parisian emblem!