The Blue Velvet makeup of our Women's Fall/Winter 2014 show
Our Fall/Winter collection is a homage from Carol and Humberto to David Lynch. Besides the mysterious aura and the cinematographic theme, references to his work are can be found in the prints and colour range of our collections. For the third collection and final chapter - our women show - the director himself designed the mysterious set with the head. Our models payed him a tribute with this Blue Velvet makeup.
Our Kalifornia bag celebrates its third season with new colorways, new fabrics but also a new format: the Mini Kali! In rubberized waterproof leather, the Mini Kali will land in the eshop and in our KENZO boutiques from December 1st 2014. Available in yellow, midnight blue, rose and white, it also comes in the traditional Kalifornia colors: red, grey and black.
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!
PICK YOUR TWIN PEAKS CHARACTER FOR HALLOWEEN: DAY #1 - LAURA PALMER
We asked Swiss photographer Mathilde Agius to shoot an editorial story around the Monster print. The pattern is inspired by David Lynch's work : experimental, weird and strongly rooted in the industrial North of the United States. Born from a mix of everyday life tools referring to the industrial nature of the area, monsters take the shape of fossils, dinosaurs but also coral or exotic flowers. Things are not always what they look like.
Silk monster shirt and knit dress
Monster pants with Monster jacquard top
Photography and art direction: Mathile Agius
Photographer assistant: Chloé Cohen
Models: Marie at Ford Models and Masha at Silent Models
Set designer: Tony Frontal
Set designer assistant: Thomas Griveau
Hair: Kasuko Kitaoka at Sybille Kleber
Makeup: Anthony Preel at Airport
Styling: Annabelle Lacuna
Backstage at the KENZO women's Spring/Summer 2015 show
Kenzine takes you backstage at our women's Spring/Summer 2015 show with a series of photographs shot just before the models walked down the runway. We discover our girls in full preparation, hair styled by Anthony Turner and make up by Lucia Pieroni. For the final touch, Naomi Yasuda used the tones of the collection and she nailed it!
KENZO FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT THE KENZO WOMEN SPRING/SUMMER 2015 SHOW
photos: Filep Motwary
Front row at KENZO women's spring/summer 2015 show
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.
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.
Our creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim with Kenzo Takada, founder of the house.
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
THERE IS NO PLANET B AT THE KENZO SPRING/SUMMER 2015 SHOW
As we stepped inside the skate park in a far out northern suburb of Paris, it was all too easy to think that Carol Lim and Humberto Leon would be defaulting to sub-culture and go hard on skate. Instead, the skate park with its undulating concrete waves and steps provided the perfect blank canvas for huge LED screens to be erected.
On the screens, with a background of gradiated neon colours we saw a curious face tilting her head towards us, as she spoke. “Welcome to Kenzo SS15. KENZO would like to remind you there is no planet B. Please protect what is precious.” Her name was Knola (all-knowing, all seeing?) and she is a real person despite the avatar appearance. Somewhere backstage, someone mysterious was making all of those facial expressions and movements come to life. She’s quintilingual and a global citizen, and as her voice vaulted from English to Chinese to Japanese to French to Arabic, we realised it mirrored the way we live our 21st century lives today, traveling from one place to another in what feels like a much smaller world. It also reflected how Lim and Leon are themselves global citizens, splitting their work between New York and Paris, traveling to other cities in between for KENZO and Opening Ceremony and now both with kids, their thoughts turned to the future - a positive one at that. “We were really into this optimism for the future,” said Leon after the show. “It's a future that's very close to us, not a space age future. We wanted to think about what that meant. We're definitely embracing technology and looking what is our vision for the future - cleanliness, purity, the right energy and about being responsible.” Carol further pondered: "How do we play our part in this?”
For Lim and Leon’s part, they decided to imbue KENZO SS15 collection with a free-your-mind attitude as they looked towards the future. We whizzed through flashes of New York, Tokyo, a Californian wave and sunsets on the screens accompanied by Disclosure’s special soundtrack mix, which included the breakout track White Noise. How would Knola dress? She might be KENZO’s avatar but she’s also an appropriate vision for humanity in the future as we speed towards a world where physical boundaries, ethnic background and language barriers become irrelevant. We might all be like Knolas in the future.
Every silhouette swooshed and moved as the Knolas of our times get kitted out in giant skate trousers and giant zip-up jackets. She’s not a skater girl as we know her. Aerated mesh and geometric lace in the brightest of whites were cut into elongated shirts and trumpet skirts, mimicking air streams in the sky. Technical knits and pinstriping drew lines on the body in relaxed athletic-inspired silhouettes. There was a chill-down raver vibe when we saw the looks were accessorised with organic moulded leather kitten heels and pool slides with naturalistic cut-outs, rubber handled net bags and sci-fi cyborg sunglasses. Optimistic abstract prints in pastel pinks and blues, highlighted the euphoric element in the collection. They emerged on oversized shirts and wide and loose trousers with side splits and mesh vests and swinging skirts. The final effect as models took their positions next to the Knola on the screen was an uplifting vision for the future. Machine, hand-made craftsmanship (as seen in the fabrics) and freedom in what we do or wear, standing side by side in solidarity.
On the screens, in between flashes of cityscapes, you could also see the movement of machinery. We’ve been conditioned in the last century to fear dystopian futures where machines take over our lives. But what if it doesn’t have to be this way? Lim and Leon are enthusiastic embracers of technology and they expressed that solidly with this collection and show set-up. It’s a refreshing change up from the usual doom and gloom about what dark places social media and technology are taking us. They’re looking forward, not by dwelling on the past but reacting to what’s going on around them.