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Two weeks ago, we launched our new collaboration with New Era inspired by the pre-Fall and Fall/Winter men's collection prints: Flying Tigers, Tiger Heads and Clouds.
A second drop, inspired by our women's collection warriors characters, protected by the symbole of the eye, will be available in stores in October. 

 

In the meantime, we asked 2 German photographers - KIRCHKNOPF + GRAMBOW - to produce a story gathering both sides of the project. This serie is very inspired by female asian warriors like Rani Lakshmibai, an indian rebel of the 19th century or Tomoe Gozen a female samurai in the 17th century. It's about the strength, will power and expression and not so much about gender. They also quote a book called "Hagakure", "The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong. (...) One should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. It is matter of being determined and having the spirit to break right through to the other side." And as the book continues "It is good to carry some powdered rouge in one´s sleeve. It may happen that when one is sobering up or waking from sleep, a samurai´s complexion may be poor. At such a time it is good to take out and apply some powdered rouge."

So it´s never a bad thing to wear a good looking armor !

 

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If you want to know more about Kirchknopf + Grambow, an interview will be posted this week on KENZINE. Stay tuned !


Photography: Kirchknopf + Grambow
Styling: Solveig Viola
Model: Tamy Glauser at Izaio Management

Chinese astronomy numbers ten times as many constellations as Western astronomy, some 280 constellations located in the ecliptic region (equivalent to our zodiac) and across the celestial sphere.

 

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The names of these constellations reflect the political organization of an emperor-centric society. Constellations can vary enormously in size according to the social clout associated with their names, which refer to the palace, bureaucracy, markets and prisons, and even courtesans, ministers and officials.


The sky is divided into three enclosures that echo the structures of traditional Chinese society. The first enclosure is the Purple Palace, a sort of Forbidden City that covers the northern polar region. The second enclosure, the Supreme Palace, is made up of government and dignitaries. The Heavenly Market enclosure is dedicated to the Emperor’s judiciary and subjects.

 

The ecliptic region is divided into four groups of ancient constellations. Each group is watched over by an animal guardian: the Azure Dragon of the East, symbol of wood; the Black Tortoise of the North, symbol of water; the White Tiger of the West, symbol of metal; and the Vermillion Bird of the South, symbol of fire. The Golden Dragon, symbol of earth, is sometimes placed at their center to ensure balance among the five elements. Each of these groups in turn contains seven lunar mansions, making a total of 28 mansions which correspond to our zodiac constellations. Each of the mansions is named after one of the guardians or a societal structure.

 

Illustration : White Tiger by Santtu Mustonen

Our pre-Fall and men's Fall/Winter 2013 collections are exploring the sky with its clouds, constellations, lightning bolts so we thought about asking you to share your vision of the sky with us, by taking part of our Instagram contest.


Today is the last day to take a picture of the sky and post it on your Instagram account. Cloudy sky, sunset, sunrise, stormy weather, pay tribute to nature et be creative! In order to validate your participation, use the hashtag #kenzosky in your caption and mention @kenzoparis_hq.

 

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Your image will appear in the dedicated section of our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kenzoparis/app_515653718513500

When the contest will close, Carol and Humberto will select their favourite images. The author of the best image will win a printed "Day Clouds" sweatshirt  and ten finalists will have a chance to win an iPhone 5 "Day Clouds" case. They will all have their image published on Kenzine!

Our puffy coat inspired by pilot wear is available here!

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A nice story by Mathieu Lebreton from Daaamn on Clouds pieces from the men's Fall/Winter 2013 collection.

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Our pre-Fall and men's Fall/Winter 2013 collections are exploring the sky with its clouds, constellations, lightning bolts so we thought about asking you to share your vision of the sky with us, by taking part of our Instagram contest. 

 


 

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Until September 10 you can take a picture of the sky and post it on your Instagram account. Cloudy sky, sunset, sunrise, stormy weather, pay tribute to nature et be creative! In order to validate your participation, use the hashtag #kenzosky in your caption and mention @kenzoparis_hq.


Your image will appear in the dedicated section of our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kenzoparis/app_515653718513500


When the contest will close, Carol and Humberto will select their favourite images. The author of the best image will win a printed "Day Clouds" sweatshirt  and ten finalists will have a chance to win an iPhone 5 "Day Clouds" case. They will all have their image published on Kenzine!

Freddy Rodriguez is a New York based menswear editor whose blog Blue Perk, with daily accounts of his exciting life in the city, cool and chic outfits and always acute style advice, is one of our favourite. For the launch of our Clouds collection, in June, we asked Freddy to share his personal favourite spots where to enjoy the sky in New York. This week, we wanted to feature some images of Freddy wearing his favourite pieces from the Fall/Winter collection in the streets of New York.

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Time flies, but some things never go out of style. Aviator wear is a staple that has never left our wardrobes and it is the inspiration for Kenzo’s menswear collection this season. Now boarding for immediate departure!

 

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The bomber jackets, aviator uniform trousers , lace-up boots, flying jackets with sheepskin-lined collars and aviator shades popularized by pilots have made their mark on fashion ever since the glory days of flying took off in the 1920s. Off the tarmac, aviator wear has established itself as a constantly updated classic. Fall/Winter 2013 sees the traditional palette of brown, black and navy blue expanded, with pea coats and double-breasted jackets decked out in sky blue shades and cloud prints. The fighter pilot camouflage print looks more celestial than army surplus, with nylon skinny pants inspired by parachute silk. The iconic backpack of parachute-toting aviators is dropping in all over the place this season, recreated in strap-fastened backpacks and referenced in belts made of straps and clips. Fur-lined lace-up boots – less iconic, but just as essential unless the daredevil aviator wanted frost-bitten feet – have been colorfully updated in graphic styles, with faux laces and zips rendered in strips of fabric. Despite the dizzying number of flying hours under their belts, these updated classics are looking anything but fatigued in a fresh take for this season.

 

Therein lies the eternal appeal of aviator wear. An authentic back story is borne out by authentic materials: leather, sheepskin and tinted lenses were intended to withstand enemy attacks and harsh weather conditions. Modern-day top guns can recreate the distinctive and manly look emanated by the daredevils and servicemen of yore, who wore their flying gear like a second skin, sometimes for weeks at a time... Like the biker jacket or army jacket, aviator gear bestows on its wearer the values of an intrepid and invincible adventurer – albeit one whose adventures are mostly confined to the realm of the imagination. The aviator’s unwavering appeal spans the decades: he is a model of authenticity and resistance, and lives to beat his own record. Comfort and ease of wear are key to the eternal popularity of this truly timeless look, a classic that is at home in any era and has more than earned its stripes. Kenzo’s fresh take on classic aviator getup is on standby to equip modern-day Charles Lindberghs, Howard Hughes and other high fliers this season.

This strawberry/rose tiramisu reminds us of the pink version of our Day Clouds print. Here's a recipe to make your summer tasty...

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 For 6 servings:

30 Pink Reims Biscuits (the closest US equivalent would be ladyfingers)
5 eggs
50 g (just under ½ cup) icing sugar
500 g (2 cups) mascarpone
20 cl (just under 1 cup) raspberry juice
200 g (approximately 1 1/3 cups) raspberries
1 tbsp rosewater


Beat the egg whites until stiff. Beat the yolks with icing sugar until whitened.
Add the mascarpone and rosewater, and continue beating for several minutes. Delicately incorporate the stiff egg whites.
Dip the Pink Biscuits in raspberry juice and place a layer of biscuits on your serving dish or glasses. Cover them with the mascarpone cream and a layer of raspberries. Repeat these two layers and finish with a layer of mascarpone cream. Decorate just before serving, topping with a raspberry and a sprinkling of crushed Pink Reims biscuits.

Leave to set in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
 

Sky gif of the week by Autographer.

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And don't forget to send us your best sky picture of the summer for the instagram contest #kenzosky