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Kenzo SS17 for PFW

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.

Kenzo SS17 © Kenzo

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.

Kenzo SS17 © Kenzo

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.

Kenzo SS17 © Kenzo

by Hannah Bergin

Kenzo Pre-Fall 2016 Collection Announced

Japanese brand Kenzo have announced their pre-fall 2016 collection. Kenzo’s creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim said of the launch, “For our women’s collection for pre-fall 2016, we were inspired by the power of women. Our woman is equally a member of an all-girl biker gang as of a group of demure urban professionals.”

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Kenzo pre-fall 2016 jacquard lacquered pants with matching double breasted cocoon coats

Leon and Lim ensured that the collection appeals to a modern woman who is not afraid of being a leader and expressing her personality through her fashion choices. Lacquered jacquard trousers with matching double breasted, origami cocoon jackets, printed indigo denims and floor-length dresses lend themselves to special occasions or days when one wants to experiment.

print separates and gold bootsKenzo pre-fall 2016 printed separates and gold ankle boots with rectangle kitten heels

For everyday staples, the collection offers pleated stretch skirts, flattering tunic tops, classic separates and jersey dresses and add a bit of luxury with mohair and cashmere knitwear. To cover up in the colder months there are shaved shearling bomber jackets with kimono sleeves, puffer maxi-jackets and patterned swing coats.

 bomber jacketsKenzo pre-fall 2016 shaved shearling bomber jackets with kimono sleeves

Main silhouette of the designs is “spacious, layered and oversized”. It furthermore carries bold colours and distinctive prints of  “graphic Tanami flowers, half stars upon stripes, rising suns and soft abstract clouds” of separates in bold colours, flattering tunic-tops, the mid-length skirts and classic jeans.

jumper with leather pants imageKenzo pre-fall 2016 graphic knitwear in mixed mohair, cashmere and wool

Japanese influences carry into the accessories range made up of belts and embroidered chest plates. The sharp graphic angles also feature in the ankle boots with distinctive rectangular kitten heels, whilst the platform ballerina flats designs have been brought out back from Kenzo design archives.

pront dress balerinas and a bagKenzo pre-fall 2016 platform ballerinas and Champ bag

The biggest treat however have been reserved for the bag lovers as Kenzo brings the Tanami flowers’clutches alongside two new designs: a rectangular leather satchel Rizo and the nylon jacquard Champ selection of functional sports bags distinguished by origami construction.

by Magda Pirowska