Fashion for Fish – With a spring-summer 2014 collection influenced by the ocean and fish, Kenzo uses that same inspiration for its new advertising campaign starring Devon Aoki. Made in collaboration with arts magazine TOILERPAPER, Devon can be seen lounging on a giant fish held up by male model Paul Boche. This surreal image ties back to the whimsy of Kenzo’s fall advertisements which featured models as miniature dolls and flying on a giant manicured hand.
Kenzo: Back to Blue – Inspired by the ocean and open water for spring 2014, Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim showcased a collection of sea colors and patterns for their latest outing. Since taking over in 2012, the design duo has introduced a new energy and youthfulness to the brand and it was evident in the new season’s contemporary, slightly street inspired clothing. Various shades of blue, monochrome black and white, and scarlet red dominated the spring color palette.
The water reference even got literal with crop tops and skirts ending in wave-shaped finishes. Jackets embraced boxy shoulders while trousers and skirts are cropped at the calf and sometimes feature slits. On her feet, the Kenzo woman wears heeled sandals while carrying large, oversized clutches made with prints which match her clothing.
Kenzo x Vans F/W 2013 Blue Lightning Authentic
Sneaker Time – Kenzo debuts its fifth collaboration with shoe brand Vans for the fall-winter 2013 season. The new collection features three key patterns–Tiger, Cloud and Lightening styles in varying hues. The prices for the sneakers are about $125.00 and are out now in Kenzo stores, Opening Ceremony, Colette and other select retailers. Styles for the shoes include the traditional Vans slip-on and Vans Authentic styles and also a new shape for Kenzo, the Vans Chukka.
Eyes on Fall – Kenzo collaborated with the creative trio Maurizio Cattelan, Micol Talso and Pierpaolo Ferrari behind arts magazine TOILETPAPER for its fall 2013 campaign. The advertisements star Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi and male model Sean O’Pry in surreal situations including flying on a perfectly manicured hand, donning eye-shaped cutouts and posing as pin dolls. Ferrari lensed the colorful images with a focus on the brand’s accessories.
Vans x Kenzo – Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim traveled to Thailand to explore its jungles to find inspiration for the spring-summer 2013 collaboration with shoe label, Vans. The bold prints feature leopard spots in neon shades of green, orange, ocre, blue and yellow. The Vans x Kenzo capsule collection hits stores on March 15th.
Colorful World – Xiao Wen Ju lands the accessories campaign for Kenzo’s fall-winter 2012 collection, photographed by Frederik Heyman. The Chinese beauty poses alongside Simon Sabbah in 3D graphics made with the set design of David White. Xiao shines in the colorful, geometric prints of winter paired with jewelry looks styled by Marie Chaix.
Kenzo Connection – The August issue of Interview Russia profiles Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s fall 2012 collection. Models Tati Cotliar, Valerija Sestic and Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir wear looks styled by Gro Curtis in the sleekly modern portraits of Benjamin Lennox.
Neon Lights – Kenzo taps Chinese model Xiao Wen for its fall 2012 campaign photographed by French photographer Jean Paul Goude. Starring alongside male model Simon Sabbah, the two form a perfect X shape in front of a background of neon lights forming the Kenzo logo. Xiao and Simon wear matching sweaters adorned with a tiger illustration and form-fitting pants. (WWD)
Redefining Kenzo – Marking their second season as creative directors at Kenzo, designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim offered up their refined take of urban street style for the label’s fall 2012 showing. The collection offered a fun look at modern staples with zig-zag patterns in autumn hues of army green, burgundy, sapphire, black and white. Knitted tops paired with billowing pants or short skirts appeared on the runway alongside animal prints and bold, graphic patterns. Outerwear was bulky, featuring sculpted shoulders and arms. The departure from the label’s romantic prints and silhouettes certainly shows with Leon and Lim’s new vision of youthful nonchalance.
Kenzo’s Streetwear Spring – New designers at Kenzo, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, took a more youthful, streetwear orientated approach for the label’s spring 2012 collection. Using abstract patterns in bold hues of electric blue, grass green and citrus orange, the Kenzo girl is a mix of urban chic and elegant socialite for the new season in light spring layers and tapered pants. Time will only tell if the new vision for Kenzo will be a success.