Kenzo SS 2012

Kenzo Spring / Summer 2012

Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, pleasantly surprisingly creative directors of LVMH’s Kenzo since last July, the duo presented their first collection for the house in a few small shows at the house’s Rue Vivienne headquarters just a few steps away from Kenzo’s first Jungle Jap store, opened up by Kenzo Takada in 1970. The duo did their job well, as they did their curating, retailing, merchandising, creative collaborating and designing in their past.

Colour blocking par excellence

Their close friend Chloe Sevigny closed the show in a blue button-up jumpsuit.

Big K, E, N, Z, O letters were laying around, giving away their sense for graphics. Inspired by American painter Ellsworth Kelly, the collection is bold in primary in colours, texture and blocked prints. Motifs evoking a coastal landscape of seashells, birds and fisherman’s nets are translated throughout the collection in prints, embroideries, and accessories.

"A collision of our love of American style and street wear with an effortless Parisian spirit is brought forth in this collection." the designers state.

The collection shows playful patterned fabrics and an overall ease and youthful sophistication.

Functionality and reversibility is what Leon and Lim considered most; every brightly hued taffeta piece in the last group is reversible. It seems as if they will bring something new to the brand, a little more Americanism, rather than just follow up Kenzo’s heritage. Keep tuned.

The prints are inspired by say sea shell art that you find people doing in small seaside towns.

"Our women’s collection for Spring-Summer 2012 is a plunge into the next phase of Kenzo’s story."

"We wanted to bring back the fun of the brand, in a way that feels really luxurious but also accessible." - Carol Lim

The music was provided by Jason Schwartzman; a recording of the Talking Heads’ 'Wild Wild Life' and Cyndi Lauper’s 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'


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