Kenzo's Fall 2013 collection showcased a stunning array of bold Asian-inspired prints (specifically those from India, Nepal, and China), spun into a sharp lineup of asymmetrical wrap skirts, tailored trousers, and structural tops. With the downtown girl in mind, designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim utilized luxe textiles — the designing duo are also the creators of Opening Ceremony — and highlighted chic sweatshirts with angular skirts, jacquard suit sets, and an undeniable set of outerwear. The latter, featured a range of robe coats, midlength blazer coats, and wide-sleeved bomber jackets done up in glossy finishes and a fun evil-eye-pattern print. Needless to say, it was all about the prints and textures for Kenzo, made in the coolest, chicest way. Also to note were the peep-toe boots and sandals, tantalizing as ever and utilizing the same exotic patterns and metallic finishes seen on the clothes. See the most standout print looks from Kenzo's Fall showing now.
Three cheers for the cool kids at Kenzo and Maison Kitsuné: Kenzo will serve as the guest designer for the men's trade show Pitti Uomo, and Maison Kitsuné will occupy the same role at its women's counterpart, Pitti W.
Maison Kitsuné's Gildas Loaec and Masaya Kuroki will host an event at Pitti W when the shows set up in Florence between Jan. 8 and 11, 2013. No plans have been revealed for what Kenzo's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon will do, but past Pitti guest designers have created special presentations of their work. When Carven's Guillaume Henry was Pitti Uomo's guest designer this Summer, for example, he staged a presentation on a soccer field, complete with a marching band, a waiter race, and a seated lunch for members of the press.
Still, it sounds like Kenzo might have something up their sleeves. Lapo Cianchi, Pitti's communications and event director, said, "These two designers know their customers, they know how to create immediate and special things and how to build a world around their work." We wonder what that world will look like at Pitti?
Photo: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo's Fall 2012 show in Paris.
Most safaris take place in Africa, but Humberto Leon and Carol Lim's Spring 2013 collection for Kenzo took that theme to the jungles of Asia.
Field jackets were the main vehicle for the feeling of travel and adventure here, and Lim and Leon molded them into sleeveless jumpsuits (in both khaki and prints) and applied their features to other garments. More than one dress was belted by a web belt with grommet holes, and a number of skirts had the sort of large pockets adventurers use to keep ammunition or other essentials close at hand.
There were pieces that were cut from blown-up leopard prints in psychedelic color combinations. But the designing duo really played with their obsession with big cats when it came to a few sweatshirts embroidered with tigers.
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim looked to the Southeast Asian jungles for inspiration, but the fully realized Spring '13 lineup was the kind of safari-inspired style that's more suited to the city. A punchy palette of orange and green was made all the more playful with oversize leopard spots (that start to look more like flowers than animal prints) and all-over abstract jungle prints. Of course, even if print isn't your thing, hear us out: they feel infinitely more contemporary worn with the line's cropped, safari-style jackets or tempered with buttery leather sleeves. And, if you're seeking something sexier, Kenzo answers with its off-the-shoulder dresses, bustier-style tops, and cinched waists.
- Trends: Animal-inspired prints and colorful jungle prints, jumpsuits, cutouts, vests, and safari-inspired silhouettes.
- Colors: White, yellow, orange, purple, blue, emerald and olive greens, and khaki.
- Key Piece: The orange printed pants and blouse topped with cropped olive jacket.
- Accessories: Oversize jewels, slouchy knee-high boots, structured satchels, strappy heels, and colored shades.
- Who Should Wear It: Gwen Stefani could pull off even the cutout look.
Today is an exciting day; aside from the fact that it's Friday, today is the day we crown CelebStyle's top stars of the week! This week's standouts were Emma Stone in a mad for plaid street-chic look, Reese Witherspoon in a striped gray-and-white dress with classic accessories, Jessica Alba in a cheeky sweater and fabulous ikat pants, and a few more including Gwen Stefani, Eva Mendes, Chloe Moretz, and Hilary Rhoda. Come on in to check out all of our smashing style stars, then shop one, or all, of their standout looks for yourself.
Most people wear little duds in Vegas, but when Chloe Moretz attended the CinemaCon awards ceremony there, she opted for a darling ladylike purple metallic Kenzo dress and Jimmy Choo sandals. It's such an adorable ensemble, but one that doesn't lose its fashion-forward edge in its sweetness. We love everything from the print to the dressy collar to the pleated skirt to the knee-length hemline. This look is perfect for an occasion that calls for a more demure dress code. To re-create Chloe's look for your next event, step inside to see seven similarly ladylike printed frocks we handpicked just for you.
>> Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have created a line of shoes for Vans that will be released this Summer.
The unisex shoes, priced around $130, will be sold in three staggered releases at Kenzo and Opening Ceremony stores — one in May, one in June, and one in July. The first edition fuses the red, blue, and green prints from Kenzo's Spring 2012 collection with the design for the Vans Era, a classic lace-up skate shoe.
Lim and Leon, the team behind Opening Ceremony, told Vogue UK that they've worn Vans for years and "liked the idea of infusing this bit of American style into the house of Kenzo."
Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony
>> With Karlie Kloss opening the show, jewelry by Delfina Delettrez, and a front-row crew that included Diddy — not to mention the Magnolia cupcakes on the seats — it was pretty hard not to have a good time. Add Humberto Leon and Carol Lim's riotous mix of stripes, patterns, color, and prints, and the fun was practically guaranteed. But the duo weren't just focused on whimsy. "One of our new house codes is functionality," they explained in their show notes. "For Fall, we’ve created garments with zip-off pieces that provide an element of transformation — a coat will zip off to become a cropped jacket and skirt. We also focused on technological fabric treatments, like rubberized exteriors on coats to fend off rain." Fun and functional — now there's an idea.
>> Yesterday, Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim welcomed editors and buyers to view their first, contemporary-slanted Kenzo collection — for Spring 2012 — at company headquarters. Giant, brightly-colored block K, E, N, Z, and O letters were lying about, a remix of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” was playing on the loudspeaker, and their friend Chloe Sevigny closed the parade of models in a blue jumpsuit.
“We kind of put our feelers out that we were available to do something,” Leon said of how they got the job — they were two of 30 candidates interviewed. “We wanted to do a big project that felt ——” “—— creative and exciting,” said Lim, finishing his sentence.
And it seems that they succeeded, according to Style.com: "Reactions at the presentation and afterward leaned toward raves." Added WWD: "The knowingly hip outfits probably missed the duo’s ambition of designing for 'all different types of bodies and ages,' as Leon said, but they delivered enough of a jolt to successfully reposition Kenzo as a more accessible contemporary label." Most of all, sounds like Lim and Leon will be sticking around a while — LVMH executive Pierre-Yves Roussel, who interviewed all 30 Kenzo candidates, noted of the collection: "It was exactly what we wanted."