What we love most about working on our Memento collections is the rich discoveries we encounter every season. Every piece in the KENZO archive tells a distinct and fascinating story. We are a near 50-year-old fashion house that has been celebrating clothing and creativity in a fun and distinctive way since the opening of Mr Kenzo Takada’s first shop in the Galerie Vivienne.
Kenzo’s adoration of the works of “Le Douanier” Rousseau inspired us to create a vibrant, colourful and tapestry led collection for KENZO – La Collection Memento N°3. The importance of knitwear for the house prompted us to honor it in all its guises throughout both the men’s and women’s collections. Archival iconic KENZO striped pieces are transformed into knitted skirts and tops. Three archival striped scarves informed the bright color palette of the knits. Yellows, blues, reds and greens prevail. Henri Rousseau’s “The Dream” is recreated as tapestry jacquards for tops, dresses, shearling coats and trousers. We laud the KENZO ruffle. For women, skirts and tops in a Rousseau flower jacquard offers pops of floral power. For men’s it’s a return to a relaxed silhouette rich in texture. Technical 70’s tailoring or corduroy for trousers and reversible striped coats offer a modern take on traditional classics.
Carol Lim & Humberto Leon