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Collection

Fall Winter 2016

Introduction

Introduction

Our  KENZO  woman  for  Fall-Winter  2016/17  approaches  life  with  nonchalant conviction.  She tackles every adventure with an open mind and with respect for where she has previously tread.  Much like our KENZO woman, we wanted to create a collection which observes some of the house’s most notable codes but drives forward with an irreverent appreciation for what’s to come.

Sailor Moon’s confidence and quintessentially feminine approach to dressing empowers us. Empire waists lead the silhouette and offer construction to outerwear, shirts and dresses.

We have reworked archive KENZO floral (iris and dandelions) and classic KENZO tiger prints and accompanied them with psychedelic checks. Colors of navy, rust, lavender and ‘uniform’ gray swathe fabrics of flannel, satin, velvet, faux astrakhan, corduroy and vinyl.

Carol Lim & Humberto Leon

The video of the Show

Collection notes

Collection notes

Sailor Moon is a young girl of Manga descent, who lives forever in a 90s bubble and in collective pop imagination. She is a both a schoolgirl and fierce warrior, and hence never leaves the house without her magic accessories and a diminutive skirt. Throughout her cult show, she turns seemingly Kawaii codes into fierce weapons.

This duality is at heart of Kenzo’s Autumn-Winter 2016-17 collection. The latter pays homage to the 2D heroine and, more broadly, to Japanese teenage subcultures – turning references to cartoons, video games and fair tales on their heads in unsuspected, provocative ways.

Victorian England-like Empire cuts might appear to quote Alice in Wonderland— but do so with a twist, as seen through the eyes of a Harajuku girl. The dresses come complete with XXL ruffles and psychedelic floral motifs. Animal pints burst with neon shades and are superimposed in a maximalist, explosive manner, as a wink to glam punk culture of the 80s.

As for school uniform – at the core of Japanese childhoods – duffle coats, satchels, Mary-Jane shoes are reworked in black and punky vinyl, removing any naive undertone to them.

These fighters are anything but sweet; their clothes are both playful and rebellious – mirroring today’s relationship to social media culture. On the runway like on the internet, a harmonious clash of references encourages people to see poetic and potent contrasts all around them.

A.P

The campaign