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Kenzo

Taking their inspiration from street style and the brand’s profuse archives, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon converted Kenzo’s clothing and merchandise into a covetable and approachable brand for all ages.

 

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About the designer


When Carol Lim and Humberto Leon took over from Kenzo Tadaka in 2011, they were gifted a never-ending source of inspiration with the substantial Kenzo archives. Tadaka’s Paris-based brainchild has been an important brand for the fashion industry since 1970 and is known for its eclectic Japanese legacy mixed with Parisian cool. The new pair of creative directors, has successfully found a way to keep Tadaka’s spirit alive, while also incorporating a new and younger sense of worldliness to brand. Drawing from the archives, Leon and Lim reinvented pop-art motifs and quickly created cult favourites with the tiger and eye logo. Their usage of prints and colourblocking combined with fresh and urban influences makes for a vintage-inspired feel desired by young and old.

On the spring/summer 2017 runway

The spring/summer 2017 presentation is a reinterpretation of Kenzo Takada's fashion show in 1997, hosted at New York's disco mecca Studio 54. The show starts off with military inspired separates, denim co-ords and beige dresses with rounded shoulders, side buttons and chest pockets. It felt like a celebration of seventies and eighties fashion with a focus on interesting graphic prints. The T-shirt dresses with printed Polaroids were quite prominent, they are made by tributed fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez.