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Kenzo combines culture with disco for SS17

Kenzo combines culture with disco for SS17

Kenzo exhibited human sculptures alongside its disco-inspired Spring/Summer 17 presentation.

The fashion house, helmed by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, showed off its latest line at venue Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night (04Oct16), but it was the women posing as statues that first caught guests’ eyes. In keeping with the museum’s architecture and displays, the designers decided to hire real-life posing sculptures either free-standing or incorporated into works of art already shown

Make-up artist Debbie Finnegan led a team of body painters to give the women the illusion of being made of stone, transforming all 24 models using MAC products including MAC Chromacake.

Something else the statues did was give a false expectation of what Kenzo’s new range would look like as rather than traditional, whimsical pieces hitting the runway the audience was treated to vibrant, 70s-style clothing. Paying homage to founder Kenzo Takada’s show at New York’s Studio 54 back in 1977, which saw models dance down a runway to music and a performance from music legend Grace Jones, Leon and Lim brought the era back to life with pieces like a gold mini dress to nylon pants.

But the real stars of the show were shimmering dresses covered in mirrored discs, tassels and sequins. The colours really made the reflective materials stand out as well, with deep reds, blues and pinks and purples all making a pop on the catwalk.

There was plenty of daywear to be seen too, with denim featuring heavily in designs from high-waisted cropped flared jeans to jackets and skirts. Graphics gave an alternative feel to the collection, with one T-shirt tucked into a skirt showing the top of a woman’s head printed on, while the skirt appeared to have photos of a woman washing her hair covering it.

The vivid cosmetics only complemented the quirky clothes, with vibrant red lipstick and dramatic blush giving the models a retro touch.

Paris Fashion Week concludes on Wednesday (05Oct16), but not before big names Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu have showcased their new ranges.

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