Kenzo’s Spring/Summer collection in Paris sees models drift on moving blocks wearing over the knee ‘massage shoes’ and multi-shaped belt bags.
PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 4, 2015) (REUTERS) – The Kenzo show showed that movement, mix and attitude do not prevent one from achieving elegance, even in a simple swimming costume, in the label’s Spring/Summer show on Sunday (October 4) in Paris.
Baggy patent, Sparta-like sandals with lattice detail were some of what the show had to offer, and the bold sandals also came with a sole which massages your feet.
The show, a brainchild of the Kenzo creative duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, saw a reversal of the usual catwalk norm, with models at the start appearing all at once drifting on moving blocks accompanied by the sound of the post-blues odyssey of J.Spaceman.
The first looks were linked by a distinct shade of mustard yellow, clear lines and bags fastened with circular carabiners like those of a rock climber.
Then came lots of dreamy shades of blue, clashing prints and multiple small belt bags in triangular and circular shapes, almost like a climber’s tool belt.
Kenzo’s co-creative director, Humberto Leon, explained that the show was about a global traveller exploring a new environment and picking up new items to wear.
“It was really about travelling and adapting and assimilating as you travel, picking up pieces, collecting as you go, not necessarily clothing but more emotions and trinkets and souvenirs and collecting all of that, that’s really kind of, how we feel our woman is,” he said.
Cutaway body suits found a suitable partner with printed track-style pants and slouchy leather handbags.
The show was a celebration of the Kenzo girl’s spirit and thirst for adventure, as Humberto Leon and his co-creative director Carol Lim later explained.
“It was more about being ready at all points to swim,” he said, “Ready for adventure” Lim added.
“We layered swimwear underneath but also all the pieces were all inspired by swimwear to begin with,” Leon said.
The final look saw a long billowing gown, pleats and frills mixed with clashing prints, the finishing touch to a show bursting with colour and optimism.