Since 2011 Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have been creative directors at Kenzo, injecting their unique and original energies into Parisian fashion. This creative duo break away from the expected, providing women with a fresh take on traditional styling.
Left: KENZO Blazer available at Myer Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Right: KENZO Dress available at Myer Melbourne and Sydney.
Originally from Japan, the label’s founder, Kenzo Takada, dreamed of coming to Paris. His wish became a reality in 1970 when he opened his first boutique and right from the beginning, he offered a different vision from the establishment of Parisian couture and the closed creative universe at that time. A visionary surrounded by an exciting group of friends, he anticipated a free global spirit and at KENZO, both Leon and Lim work to maintain this ethos while at the same time continuing to surprise and shake up the ‘jungle’ of fashion.
Ahead of their upcoming ready-to-wear show in Paris, we caught up with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to find out more about the Kenzo Autumn Winter collection, which has just arrived in selected Myer stores.
Myer: Tell us about the new AW 15 collection?
Humberto Leon & Carol Lim: For our fall-winter collection we celebrate a collective. We explore togetherness through camaraderie, ceremony and protection. Their abode is the wild, their refuge forged through their friendship with the surrounding trees and forest.
Looks are defined by their warmth, draping and volumes. Capes and blankets in graphic jacquards and shearlings wrap nocturnal floral printed dresses and trousers. Tops and skirts with cartridge pleats envelope the body and provide an extra protection when layered with knits with feathered edges.
Black, forest greens and sun yellows meld with prints of graphic dissected rays or labyrinths. Delicate fabrics of georgette, fil coupe or chiffoned silk juxtaposed with melton wools offer polished notions of armor. Glimpses of boucle embroideries and prints in distorted camouflages elegantly sheath.
Accentuating the silhouettes are multi colored cross body leather backpacks, suede bike bucket bags, travel bags in cornflower blue and python platform chelsea boots or heels with webbing.
M: How would you describe the Kenzo woman you design for?
HL & CL: The FW15/16 Kenzo woman is not alone, she is part of a solid group. This group is her everything. They are all running after freedom, they are all made of this serene and happy-go-lucky nature. She comes from everywhere, she takes her friends as they are.
Kenzo is now available to shop online here or at selected Myer stores.