Photography: Arnel Ian Dela Gente
During Paris Fashion Week, Kenzo displayed a beautiful autumn and winter show. Throughout the show, the models walked in layer, upon layer, upon layer – portraying an “arctic chic” look. Indeed that was the inspiration behind the 2017 collection under the direction of Carol Lim & Humberto Leon. Expressed by the designers,
“A discovery of an arctic surfing subculture led us to a wardrobe that combines wild protection with an urban sensibility. Celebrating the women and men who experience as raw an environment as it gets, and hoping for it to continue forever.”
Kenzo stuck to their signature floral prints (supporting an ethnic Japanese background) but jazzed it up by blending in checkered, tiger, and geometric prints to create a unique look. The trend seen so clearly on this Season’s runways of mixing pattern and textures possibly shone brightest at this show.
The female models wore highly pigmented white eyeshadow painted on the crease of their eyelids. They sported edgy block boot heels, faux fur purses, and jackets that cinched at the waist. Male models had tights, wave caps, and decked out sunglasses. As is their trademark, the bold and colourful collection varied from muted neutrals to vibrant yellows and blues.