Tête à tête with Daniel Sannwald
Daniel Sannwald is a German photographer and director based between London and Munich. He directed a very colorful neon video for M.I.A's new single "Y.A.L.A" where she wears a KENZO Lotus Eyes dress and KENZO jewelry by Delfina Delettrez. He talks about his collaboration with the artist and the magazine...
"I really like working with M.I.A. I met her first for her album artwork shoot a while ago. A lot is based on trust and mutual appreciation for each others work. We both really enjoyed working together and thought it could be cool to do a video one day. I was very happy when the i-D x Kenzo x MIA project came up. The brief was very open and was a dialogue between i-D, M.I.A and I. She is quite a free spirit and changed the song 3 times before the actual shoot. I quite love her for that as she works very much with her instincts and so do I. It was a bit stressful to pull a video together in such little time, but I am very happy with the end result. I wanted to create a visual story rather then a narrative based piece. The idea was to create a psychadelic trip and a lot of colours! As we worked with a visual journey the track gave us the speed of the edit and how we used and applied certain effects. We also tried to pick the looks which worked best in the UV light. It's nice how the clothes start glowing in some parts of the video!
MIA has a very strong vision, something I think is very rare these days with some artists. She wants to make sure that the work resembles her artistic message. However, she has always seen this as a collaboration between the two of us and luckily both our creative visions are very close to one another".
To celebrate the inauguration of their new website at i-D.co, i-D the iconic British fashion and lifestyle publication has joined with KENZO in commissioning the official video for critically acclaimed recording artist M.I.A’s new release “Y.A.L.A” (You Always Live Again). The song is the latest offering from M.I.A’s album “Matangi.”
The video, directed by Daniel Sannwald, sees M.I.A as a golden goddess wearing garments and jewelry from KENZO’s FW 13 Collection. M.I.A can be seen wearing a custom KENZO jacquard jacket with the temple eye motif and a pair of Delfina Delettrez for KENZO eye ribbon earrings.
This is the second time KENZO has worked with M.I.A on a project. The fashion brand previously collaborated with the artist to create the music for its Fall/Winter 2013 women’s show, held at La Samaritaine in Paris in March 2013.
For more information on i-D visit i-D.co
For more information on M.I.A visit http://www.miauk.com/matangi
THE EYE SONGS MIXTAPE
This season, we're obsessed with eyes and we see them everywhere! In fashion, art, food or music. So here's our mixtape around the eye. 10 songs you probably already know...
Number 1 is "Eye In The Sky" by The Alan Parsons Project
An incredible record producer and audio engineer who collaborated with groups such as the Beatles and Pink Floyd in the early 1970s, Alan Parsons has also written a handful of pure, intergenerational tunes such as the undying "Eye In The Sky". Vintage, yet just as modern as ever.
Number 2 is "Mind & Eyes" by Nite Jewel
Far from the arty pop songs that led her to release an album under the label Italians Do It Better, California native Romana Gonzalez, aka Nite Jewel, has created soul pop with a distinct classic feel reminiscent of the silky-smooth vocals of Sade.
Number 3 is "Needles In The Camel’s Eye" by Brian Eno
As the opening song for "Here Come The Warm Jets", Brian Eno’s first solo album, this noisy, percussive piece released in 1974 could be considered to be one of the first punk records.
Number 4 is "Red Eye" by Kid Cudi feat. HAIM
The former protégé of Kanye West joined forces with the California-based all-female trio HAIM to create this downtempo, emotive duet featuring soft waves of synthetic sound. A slow jam v2.0.
Number 5 is "A Tooth For An Eye" by The Knife
This enigmatic Swedish duo put forward an electronic mantra to which they alone hold the secret. Indescribable, indefinable and unclassifiable, this song is from the album Shaking The Habitual, released in 2013.
Number 6 is "My Right Eye" by Laurie Anderson
Woman and machine coalesce in this strange lullaby by the queen of experimental music. Five minutes of sheer beauty that must be listened to with headphones in order to hear Laurie Anderson’s whispers.
Number 7 is "Tokyo Eye" by Sonic Youth
For Tokyo Eye, a song off of the album Experimental Jet Set Trash And No Star, this New York City band tinkered with a very hard rock guitar riff to create a veritable noise storm that within the middle of an immensely calm piece.
Number 8 is "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" by Janelle Monae feat. Esperanza Spalding
As the second-to-last song on The Electric Lady, the latest album by Janelle Monae, this song (which was directly inspired by Stevie Wonder) is a tribute to Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American actress to make a name for herself in Hollywood.
Number 9 is "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" by Kate Bush
Kate Bush wrote this song from her second album when she was 13 years old. She recorded it three years later at AIR Studios in London under the guidance of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, who discovered her and helped launched her career.
And last but not least, number 10 is "Eye" by The Smashing Pumpkins
This melancholy, minimal song from the Lost Highway soundtrack is one of the Chicago group’s rare pieces that was created almost exclusively using electronic instruments. It is a light and airy interlude in their extensive discography.
CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
The eye - iconic element of our Fall/Winter women's collection - has always inspired fashion and art. Here's a little selection of albums artworks we like, playing around it.
The Pretty Things
Savage Eye, released in 1975, was the eighth album by sixties rockers The Pretty Things, and their second on Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records label. Singer and final founding member Phil May would quit the band the following year.
The cover of Michael Jackson’s "Dangerous" is a feast of detail and hidden meaning, from masonic symbols to The Wizard of Oz and Disney references. It was designed by painter Mark Ryden, a leading figure of the American Pop Surrealist movement.
Eyeball masks are the trademark prop of The Residents, a US-based art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. The prolific band has released over 60 albums since it was formed in the mid-1970s. This 1979 release was presented at the time as a concept album about the Inuit community.
Burning For You
English band Strawbs, who formed at the close of the 1960s, commissioned Patrick Woodroffe to create the sleeve art for this late-1970s release. Woodroffe also designed the album cover for metal group Judas Priest’s "Sad Wings of Destiny".
Gang Gang Dance
Brian Degraw, a member of NYC’s Gang Gang Dance, designed the cover for their 2005 release based on a photo by fellow band member Nathan Maddox, who was killed in 2002 when he was struck by lightning in a storm. Degraw imagined Maddox’s eyes roaming over the world.
French band Chateau Marmont is really into the eye as well!
Watch their brand new "Invisible Eye" video by Shinya Sato.
Tête à tête with MIKE D.
For our men Spring/Summer 2014 show, Humberto and Carol asked Mike D. to produce a track inspired by the Californian scene. The result is a track is called "Humberto vs The New Reactionaries". Christine and the Queens remix, pretty much influenced by American punk!
Mike comes back on the whole process for us...
KENZINE: What inspired you when writing the music for the Kenzo show?
MIKE D.: Talking to Humberto, I wanted to honor what he was inspired by: American hardcore like Black Flag, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks but then I wanted to update it, or maybe couldn't help but to update it.
K: What made you want to work with Carol, Humberto and the Kenzo label? How did this collaboration come about?
M: We were introduced by a mutual friend and collaborator, Spike Jonze. My experience has been that when good people are put together by other good people good things come of it. And voila.
K: How did this collaboration evolve?
M: I kinda just got right into it, sending music off to Humberto and Carol for feedback as I progressed.
K: Do you listen to some music when you work on a track?
M: Not directly, once I am in creation mode, it's game on. BUT, I have been listening to a fair amount of trap records and I think that found it's way into things on this for sure.
K: In which way do you think the production and the sounds you chose reflect the spirit of the collection?
M: I definitely shared Humberto's passion for American Punk and that raw energy and I think that informs the collection and the soundtrack I did.
K: In which conditions was this soundtrack recorded?
M: Mostly at Oscilloscope laboratories, NYC.
K: Was it your first time at writing a soundtrack to a fashion show? How different is it from writing an album?
M: Yes, definitely a first, which made me want to do it. It was more like scoring a soundtrack for a movie, but without an actual film.
K: Lots of your tunes are perfect to dance to, but in a fashion show, models walk. What rules do you need to respect when you want to write the perfect music to walk to?
M: I think I am more comfortable being ignorant of rules.
K: You've always had a recognizable style. How important is fashion in your everyday life? What aspects of fashion interest you the most?
M: I've always been more captivated by that kid that clearly has an individual solo sound track. That dresses, walks, moves to his or her own frequency often for years before anyone else catches on.
K: What values do you feel you're sharing with this brand?
M: Some hot beats and energy.
K: Does Paris have any particular sentimental value for you?
M: Yes, in a lot of ways actually, with both my real family and my band family.
K: What are you currently or soon going to be working on?
M: This Kenzo shit!
K: Where would you like to go if you could go anywhere in the world?
M: So many places. Morocco and a lot of North Africa. Egypt. Certain surf breaks in Indonesia and Mexico that I have never been to.
MOOD OF THE WEEK #17: BRING THE NOIZE
Everyone at KENZO has been clamoring for some new music by our friend MIA. We've been on the edge of our seats for her new album since "Bad Girls" dropped last year, and were beyond honored (and ecstatic) to have her make a mix featuring new music for our runway show last March.
Yesterday MIA gave the world a new preview of her upcoming album, part of which was on the mix she made for us last march, but with new beats and new hooks. This new track "Bring the Noize" was produced by Switch and Surkin, who also produced "Tiger Rhythm" for KENZO on the Tiger Fever video.
The song will be featured on her new album Matangi, coming out in the Fall. We can't wait to hear this on the dance floor!
MOOD OF THE WEEK #15: CIBO MATTO
Cibo Matto was one of our absolute favorite bands in the 90s. From their early shows at CBGBs in New York, to their work with Sean Lennon, to their cover of "About A Girl" (one of the best Nirvana covers of all time), they were by far among the coolest and most fun bands around.
Their music combined all sorts of seemingly random samples into something coherent, beautiful and original. Then they added lyrics about (our mutual obsession:) food that they sang and rapped over their beautiful beats. They had just the right dose of 90s American attitude mixed with 90s Japan attitude, and everyone was infatuated by just how well they mixed together!
The two main members, Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda recently reformed Cibo Matto and played two super special shows in Brooklyn last week to try out some new material for the new album they're recording (their first in nearly fifteen years!). They played some old favorites alongside their super fun new songs, and took us straight back to 1994, sounding like nothing had changed at all since.
Beyonce and her dancers wear some custom KENZO outfits mixing Clouded Leopard, Psychedelic Forest or Flying Tigers prints, for the "Grown Woman" Premier on the Mrs Carter's show 2013 tour!
WOODKID WEARING KENZO!