Unless you’ve been living in some alternate universe sans Wi-Fi for the last six months, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about KENZO x H&M‘s uber-hyped collection that’s scheduled to hit stores early next month (November 3, to be exact). As with nearly every designer line created in junction with the Swedish fast fashion mega-house, the release is anticipated to ignite a balls to the wall frenzy among thirsty shoppers all over the globe – in fact, some people are already flipping key pieces from the collection at a 700% markup on eBay, which is an obscenity almost comparable to the joke that is the 2016 American presidential election.
While we’ve already seen every piece from the collection and know its full price list, KENZO head honchos Humberto Leon and Carol Lim brought their vision to life by staging a massive fashion spectacle inside NYC’s Pier 36 last night. Additionally, the event also gave attendees the opportunity to shop the collection ahead of its release date.
Between the dizzying threads on display, the sizable squad of celebrity guests and the explosive after-party, the night definitely had its fair share of shenanigans to keep the pulse of the Big Apple’s ever-fatigued fashion community pumping, if only for an hour or two.
Here’s what went down.
The Style Game Was “Meh”
I’m not sure if it was because of the show’s late time, the fact that people have already exhausted their #lewks from New York Fashion Week or this sudden heat wave that the city is currently experiencing in the middle of October (which is throwing everyone out of sartorial sync), but the steez spotted both outside and inside the venue was just all kinds of “meh.”
Of course the usual street style offenders snuck there way in (Vetements, YEEZY, Gucci, etc) but overall, show-goers really didn’t seem to give AF about flexing their fits last night. Seemed like a rotation of gaudy sequined tunics, un-ironed Hawaiian shirts and black crop-tops. Come on New York, you’re better than that.
Unlike last year’s Kardashian-infested Balmain extravaganza, the show wasn’t packed to the gills with gargantuan “It” personalities, but it did have decent celebrity turnout. Here’s who we spotted roaming about the scene: Chance the Rapper, Charlie XCX, Die Antwoord, Halsey, Lupita Nyong’o, legendary supermodel Iman, and, in what seemed like a mini Kids reunion, Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.
It Was More of a Parade Than a Catwalk Show
Directed by lauded photographer Jean-Paul Goude, the show was pretty much anything but a hoity toity catwalk affair. Beatboxers, a live orchestra and a marching band provided the event’s soundtrack, while professional models and dancers performed a series of choreographed moves that ranged from tiny staccato steps to aggressive voguing to ballet to breakdance (which made it pretty easy to differentiate both talents considering how awkward some of them looked).
It was definitely longer than your standard fashion show, which usually clocks in at around 10-15 minutes, and at a staggering 110 looks, I’m pretty sure that the collection’s expansive use of zebra print bled into my retina for a solid half hour.
Ice Cube Takes the Stage
Once the last looks came out, the show seamlessly transitioned into the after-party, where all of the show’s performers pulled crowd members from their seats to bump and grind amidst a sea of silver confetti and red lights. The DJ spent about an hour behind the decks blasting a #lit playlist of dancehall, ’90s R&B and Rihanna remixes until the night’s star act came out.
It was supposed to be a “surprise,” but after much chit-chat pre-show about who the artist was going to be (*whispers*Ice Cube*whispers*), no one was really shocked (or excited for that matter) when it did, in fact, turn out to be Ice Cube. Seemed like an odd choice to be honest, but hey, at least it wasn’t the Backstreet Boys, who performed at Balmain’s H&M party last year.
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