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The concept of the journey has always been a central theme to the KENZO brand. Kenzo Takada himself was an avid traveler and the footprints from his travels far and wide can be seen in his collections. His successors, Carol and Humberto, remain faithful to this wandering spirit.

Last year, Asia was the inspiration for the collections and for 2014, our adventure takes us to the West Coast of the United States. This Summer, we are driving through California taking in its sundrenched landscapes - both urban and coastal - and in Fall, we'll head up North to the rainy, mysterious cities of the Pacific North-West. 
 

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At KENZO, Carol and Humberto have made technical precision and unexpected silhouettes the grounding elements of their contemporary vision.  So continues the duo’s unique multicultural mash-up: this season their Americana roots married with the skilled tailoring and construction of the Parisian maison.

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For Spring/Summer 2014, Carol and Humberto drew on the perennial summer vibes of their Cali roots: the sun-bright skies of the West Coast, the endless beaches, and expansive Pacific Ocean all set the mood for the collection. As did the easy-breezy sense of style that the locals are renowned for. Skirt lengths skim the upper thigh, t-shirts are cropped, and tailoring is oversized, allowing for a comfortable, casual kind of chic. The season’s must have cropped pants are slashed at the knee to give greater ease of movement and let in that blissfully cool sea breeze. These ‘vents’ carry the breeze through into jackets and dresses as well, details that prove that there is more than meets the eye to the collection. 

Such innovations are found not just in the cutwork but also in their exploration of the wave crest — the touchstone for this particular collection. Fabrics ‘swell’ away from the body and the belts, attached to skirts and pants, cinch the garments and add volume to existing layers.
The crest appears throughout the collection in motif form as well, in a variety of incarnations. It’s used on the wave-like hemlines that lap at the models midriffs, shins and thighs on various styles, and is employed for panelling, creating a patchwork effect on some of the dresses and tops that looks like the fabrics are melting into one another. The wave crest is there again in the prints, as a hand-scrawled illustration that captures the movement and flow of water.

…Catch it if you can!
 

The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. His pick of the week is ‘Scratch my name on your arm’, a book of Deanna Templeton’s photographs. The series documents a quintessentially L.A. trend: getting top skaters and surfers to sign fans’ bare skin, drawing both the attention of the signer and of bystanders to one’s nearly-naked body. 

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"An old cliché about Los Angeles that never dies is that you can spend the whole year in a swimsuit. What’s proven to be even more interesting is how American teens pass the time in their swimsuits: armed with marker pens and stencils, they draw autographs, phone numbers and even logos on their friends’ bodies, sometimes even on people they have just met… It isn’t a tattoo, it is something much simpler and lighter, like a game that detracts from their nudity yet at the same time is inherently deeply sensual. The series of images was shot by Deanna Templeton, wife of Ed Templeton, a professional skateboarder and artist born and raised in California. Despite the ever-present sun, the series is in black and white, without staging and offers a collection of portraits of smiling, carefree teens – perfect to kick off the start of summer."

 

'Scratch my name on your arm', Deanna Templeton, 2010, 128 p. Ed. Schunck.
Kenzo, 60, rue de Rennes, Paris.

Our fifth installment of the Cityguide series is Arts. Last but not least, let’s take in a couple of film programs on offer at the LACMA.

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Everything needs a little lift now and again. With the huge monetary injection provided by super patron of the arts Eli Broad, LACMA has been undergoing a ten-year face-lift, also known as the Transformation. Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the first phase of the project - the BP Grand Entrance open-air pavillon filled with lampposts and visible from Wilshire Boulevard, as well as the three-story, 60,000-square-foot Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) - opened in early 2008. The BCAM’s inaugural installation featured works by Richard Serra, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons (one of Broad’s favorites), and many more. 
Be sure to take some time and see the LACMA’s impressive collections of Asian and Islamic art, as they are amongst the most significant in the world. If you’re in the mood for different art forms, come enjoy the live jazz during summer months or take in a movie or two at the Bing Theater.


 
Note: With more than 100.000 art objects dating from the ancient times to the present day and located on twenty acres in a complex comprised of seven buildings, the LACMA is the largest museum in the western United-States.
 

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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5905 Wiltshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson avenues. 323-857-6000 www.lacma.org

 

Our fifth installment of the Cityguide series is Arts. Next stop on our tour is LA><ART, an independent nonprofit art space presenting experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives.

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LA><ART

X marks the spot for the LA><ART space. Not only do you get to see emerging art and design, but it also has an amazing public programming schedule. From lectures and exhibitions to magic shows involving sawing a woman in half, the spontaneity of this place is what makes it a must-see.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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2640 South la Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles 310-559-0166 www.laxart.org
 

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our fifth installment of the series is Arts.

 

Let’s start by heading downtown to the Geffen MOCA.  Once upon a time it was the temporary location for the Museum of Contemporary Art, now the 55,000-square-foot facility is the largest and most popular of the three MOCA venues.  

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Geffen MOCA

In 1983, as ground broke on MOCA, a provisional exhibition space was opened downtown and referred to as the Temporary Contemporary. The place was leased from the city for five years at one dollar a year. Once a Union Hardware building from 1947, it subsequently became a city warehouse and then a police garage before a renovation led by architect Frank Gehry changed it into the perfect public space. Gehry built a shaded plaza out of steel trusses and chain-link fencing while leaving the exteriors intact, highlighted the large gallery spaces with industrial effect. It soon became a popular destination, lauded as one of the great museum spaces, and MOCA, in turn, extended the lease for fifty years. The largest of the three MOCA spaces, the Geffen has some of the biggest and most stunning shows in town –however, it is also known for its frequent closures.

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles 213-621-1741 www.moca.org
 

Catch the Wave with this key print of the season!

 

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And now, KENZO and TOILETPAPER invite you to take a peek behind-the-scenes of the shoot of the KENZO Kids Spring/Summer 2014 campaign and meet our 'star models'!

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Find the KENZO KIDS collection here.

We guarantee to put a smile on your face this Friday with the launch of the KENZO Kids campaign for Spring/Summer 2014 ! Let KENZO and the TOILETPAPER team take you on an adventure to fulfill your childhood fantasies: riding giant fish without getting your feet wet, snuggling up to friendly tigers and bathing in candy! 

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To go behind-the-scenes of the shooting of the KENZO Kids campaign by TOILETPAPER, see here.

Kenzo Takada always created icons that were easily recognizable at first glance. Today, Carol and Humberto continue this tradition by creating a contemporary wardrobe for the brand by incorporating new symbols such as the tiger, the eye or the logo

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For the Spring/Summer collection, the duo went to the edge of the ocean to draw inspiration in creating the emblems of the season: fish, waves and palm trees are now part of the brand’s visual vocabulary. And if you like our icons, just wait for Fall/Winter: they will all be back at the same time on a very unique pattern mixing eyes, tigers, flying tigers, clouds and fish.