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Designer: Kenzo

Location: Paris, France

Season: Spring/Summer 2018

Key Pieces: The house’s trademark penchant for bold prints and bright colors shone in oversized camouflage and floral coordinates. Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, one of the inspirations, informs plenty of the pop-art graphics, as well as sportier takes reminiscent of racing gear.

Editor’s Notes: Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim drew from two main inspirations this season—musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, a founding member of electro group Yellow Magic Orchestra who went onto become an established composer, activist and dancer, and Sayoko Yamaguchi, a prominent Japanese supermodel who achieved global success in the 1970s.

The house took over the Lycée Camille-Sée, a high school in Paris’s 15th arrondissement, and as the models walked a series of brightly-dressed bungee jumpers began to peer out from the windows overlooking the catwalk. After the men’s collection was shown, a brief intermission had the artist Lawfawndah perform as the bungee jumpers began a choreographed gravity-defying dance across the side of the building.

Meant to symbolize the show’s theme of “The Red String of Fate,” the women’s collection began to interact with the men’s as the show came to a close, it was a way of having the two main inspirations, separated by time (Sakamoto passed away in 2007), meet for a brief moment.

For more SS18 coverage, check out Dior Homme’s sporty take on suiting.

  • Photography: Courtesy of Kenzo
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