ECLECTIC vibrant, thrilling and utterly captivating – for SS17, Japanese-French designer Kenzo presents an excited and exciting mash-up of different cultures and styles. Inspired by the legendary Studio 54 club – and where Kenzo once presented a collection nearly 40 years ago) – the kaleidoscopic new collection is as colourful and as fascinating as the various characters who influenced it – models such as Donna Jordan, or Pat Cleveland – both beautiful, confident, unique and unapologetically bold.
The frivolity that defined the disco era is reflected in Kenzo’s use of nylons, sequins and lamé which are juxtaposed against cotton or denim. Likewise is the palette playful – cherry reds clash with metallic pinks, silvers and blues, and the silhouette is voluminous. Accessories are no less eye-catching, featuring scintillating shoppers and bumbags, glittering chainmail bandanas worn as necklaces and oversized crystal earrings.
The designer also prints many of illustrator Antonio Lopez’s colourful works onto several of his garments – the beloved artist who made his name producing sketches illustrating the glamorous lives and extravagant styles of the celebrities with whom he socialised during the vibrant era upon which Kenzo looks back nostalgically.
by Hannah Bergin