Kenzo wows with bold prints at Paris Fashion Week
Kenzo presented a bold, energetic collection for its Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night (8Mar16).
In the show notes, designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim said their muse was a globe-trotting fashion lover, a concept reflected in the collection through references to the Victorian era and nods to Japan and classic Kenzo prints.
“She tackles every adventure with an open mind and with respect for where she has previously tread,” the designers wrote.
The fist outfits down the runway featured navy and grey tailored duffle coats with sailor uniform details. Next, was a long navy Victorian nightshirt dress with an oversized ruffle collar, smocked bodice and empire waist which was layered over a white shirt with ruffled sleeves.
There was also a purple faux fur jacket with a tiger print collar and matching cropped pants.
On the more conservative side, there was a fitted denim jacket emblazoned with “Kenzo”, while in direct contrast a hot pink tiger print duffle with huge shoulders and tasselled toggles screamed party.
On another catwalk, Virgil Abloh reworked wardrobe basics with architectural flair for his Off-White show.
Using American actress Julia Roberts as his muse, plain turtlenecks were printed with the word "Off" in tiny writing, while interesting crop tops were made from old vintage T-shirts patched together.
Jackets and coats were pulled off one shoulder and twisted around the body, while a vintage denim jacket was worn back to front. The overall effect was slick and retro-cool.
A simple brown trenchcoat with frilled sleeves was a standout, as was a denim workwear jacket worn backwards.
Earlier in the day, Iris van Herpen showed a collection featuring party dresses in alien shapes and textures, worn with leather sandals.
In a darkened room, models appeared otherworldly in bubble-shape gowns, were van Herpen's theme of "lucid dreaming" was also evident in the swooping panels of iridescent tulle and gowns with frill-necks reminiscent of lizards.
Paris Fashion Week comes to a close on Wednesday (09Mar16), with Louis Vuitton one of the last labels to show.