RUNWAY & REVIEW: KENZO'S URBAN JUNGLE
Kenzo Takada‘s motif’s from his 1970s Jungle Jap store, continued to infuse new creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon today, as it did the menswear collection that was shown complete with parcours athletes back in January. Spring-summer 2013 is going to be a visual delight at all of the Kenzo stores worldwide, as not only have Carol and Humberto injected fresh energy into the Japanese clothing line but redesigned the shopping experience too.
The pair took a research trip into the jungles of Asia last year that has produced bright prints, the barely sand colored utility-wear and the Kenzo tiger. ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! was emblazoned across jumpers in the mens collection but for the womenswear, Humberto and Carol took a more grown up route by applying tailored techniques to cuts with a longer, flowing silhouette.
Plenty of dresses and safari jumpsuits came down the runway in a psychedelic fawn and flora inspired print, a mint green, sandy leopard print, deep orange and rich green. The colors mimicked the vivid shades of flowers and tendrils found in Asian jungles and as materials from the models dresses swished with the wearers forward stride, the models resembled birds of paradise.
Illusion and surreality was everywhere with the Kenzo tiger peeping out from behind leaves and with pants that were over-the-knee boot hybrids.
Jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez created a collection of pieces to compliment that included long leather fringed cuffs, tiger brooches and neck-pieces of animals that seemed to clamber around throats. As is becoming a new seasonal delight, the shoes and handbags at Kenzo were equally as eye-catching utilising elements of all the prints used on the clothes.
A strong look for the urban living Kenzo lover is coming for spring-summer 13, and with forty looks complete with accessories to choose from, all we have to do is mix and match.
Photography by NOWfashion