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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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Welcome to the Black Lodge!


If you are a die-hard fan of Twin Peaks, you may be familiar with the black and white herringbone floor from the red room in this mysterious series.This season, Carol and Humberto put a fun spin to it, transporting the infamous chevron to an imaginery Pacific Northwest where kind monsters made of tools meet femme fatales. Twist that Lynchean touch with a KENZO flavour and juxtapose different colors. You will lose yourself in this hypnotic print! 

 

 

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Broken Floor sweatshirt for men and women.

Broken Floor tshirt and shirt.

Photographer Laetitia Hotte played with the different prints of our Fall/Winter collections to create this NEON series. Discover our pieces for women and men in our e-shop. 

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Photographer: Laetitia Hotte
Art Direction: Lola Raban Oliva
Set Design: Louis Benzoni @ Artlist
Stylism: Georgia Pendlebury
Models: Lena @ Viva Paris et Ryan @ Success Models
Hair & Make-up: Anthony Preel

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.

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! 

Our male model for the campaign is Paul Boche. He was born in a small, quiet and quaint city called Eisenach in Germany and is 26 years old. Everything started when he was scouted in the streets of Berlin and he has become since then one of the most talented model of his generation. He has been living in NYC for 5 years.

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Favorite cities:
Tokyo for the old Japanese traditions mixed with a westernized influence.
Paris because everything is so “grand”.
Hong Kong for the skyline.
Berlin because it's my home town, but Berlin is such a "young" city. The wall came down only 24 years ago, and Berlin has been creating its own, new identity since then. A very interesting place.

 

His style:
My wardrobe consists of a mix between designers and vintage. I mostly wear darker colors, lots of black and grey. But can also be seen wearing purple leather trousers sometimes. I am more casual at the moment. I love sneakers. But I also enjoy dressing up and looking very chic.


Hobbies:
Hiking, camping, fishing… I also have a passion for cooking and then I eat everything I cook! And jazz music.

 

His secret:
My middle name is Maximilian. It is my first name as per birth certificate. So technically people are supposed to use this one… But not even my mum calls me by that name.


About the KENZO campaign:
I felt like there was always such a high energy at the shoot. Everyone on set was proud to be a part of what we were creating. The studio itself looked like a children’s room - so many props were available. It felt very free. That was an amazing experience. The way we were directed made me feel very comfortable and I think we were all just toying around in a big room. Devon and I in front of the camera, the TOILETPAPER team behind it.

 

About Devon Aoki:
It was very nice to work with her. She is very professional and I enjoyed observing her while she was on set. The way she moved and played with the camera: very subtle movements that translated amazingly on screen.


His playlist on the shoot:
A tribe called Quest - People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
Two very different styles of music, yet both are having a big jazz influence. Amazing!


Favorite visual of the campaign:
It's an amazing story and difficult to favor a particular picture. But the shot where the garments seem to explode off our bodies is just incredible - it's so loud and energetic, I can almost hear the P-E-N-G!

Today, we share a couple of rules to follow if you want to eat fish in a sustainable way and help us fight overfishing!

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When buying seafood, make sure to always find out where it comes from (local is not necessarily sustainable). Once you know where it is from, follow a guide like MCS fishonline in UK or Monterey Bay Seafood Watch in US or WWF seafood guides in other countries. They are great sources of reliable information and referencing.


You can also download personal guides to your phone, computer or purchase mini pocket guides to have on you in person when visiting a restaurant or the supermarket. If you want to find out which restaurants are making efforts to conserve wild fish stocks in UK, France, Spain, US, Belgium and Switzerland then visit www.fish2fork.com

 

However, trying to find out as much about origins is an excellent habit to get into just to show the fishmonger, retailer or restaurant that you want to see if they know or care. Get in the habit of asking for more detailed information on origins of seafood to appear on labels in shops or on menus!

 

Ask for more details on method of catch to appear on labels in shops or on menus. It is your consumer’s right to know! You should not eat anything that is rated 5 on the MCS fish to avoid red list of species, on Monterey Bay list of species to avoid and WWF red lists too. Examples of species you will find in these red lists include: European Eel, Bluefin Tuna from Med/Atlantic sources,  North Sea Cod, Orange Roughy and all deep sea species and Whitebait.


Variety is key. Eat different species of fish to ease the pressure on the big favourite species like Cod, Tuna and Prawns.


Help us fight overfishing by spreading the word! Act Now!


To see how our charity of choice Blue Marine Foundation helps protecting our oceans visit: www.bluemarinefoundation.com

The decline of the oceans is the world’s largest solvable problem but with decisive action and support, over the next 20 years, this crisis can be reversed. We listed a couple of facts you should know about overfishing. Spread the word!

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1. In 2013 UK Sea Bass stocks were at their lowest level in 20 years

2. A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction

3. 107 species of rays are classified as threatened

4. Whales, dolphins and porpoises are threatened by over-fishing

5. Pirate fishing accounts for an estimated 20% of the world’s catch and as much as 50% in some fisheries

6. More than 85% of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them.

7. More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean, could disappear in the next few years

8. Currently, 63% of fish stocks in the Atlantic are over fished.

9. 82 percent of fish stocks in the Mediterranean are over fished.
10. North Sea cod reach spawning age at around four years old. The average age of cod caught in the North Sea is 1.6 years.
11. Scientific estimates suggest that 93% of North Sea cod are caught before they can reproduce

12. The EU fleet is estimated to have the capacity to fish two to three times the sustainable level

13. Overfishing occurs when fish and other marine species are caught faster than they can reproduce

14. Since 1950 one in four of the world’s fisheries has collapsed due to over-fishing

15. In 1938 we landed over 5 times more fish than we do now

16. All species of marine turtles are either critically endangered or endangered.

17. Over-fishing costs the world over $50 billion dollars each year

18. The biomass of large fish in our oceans is only about 10% of what it was before the 1900s

19. For every kilo of shrimp trawled, an estimated 20 kilos of by-catch can be produced which is often thrown overboard, dead

20. Over one hundred million sharks are being killed each year
 

Discover our "No Fish No Nothing" story by Laetitia Hotte and a line of pieces developped to financially assist the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE): some unisex sweaters and tee-shirts with the slogan “No fish no nothing”. Click here to discover the products for women and for men.

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Photographer: Laetitia Hotte
Assisted by Yannick D'Orio

Set Design: Camille Lebourges
Make Up: Anthony Reel
Hair: Kazuko @ Sybille Kleber
Style: Annabelle Lacuna
Assisted by Jacquelyn Wellington
Models: Eleonora @ Viva et Max @ Bananas