The capsule collection has become a celebration of the late Kenzo Takada and Kansai Yamamoto
When Kenzo’s new creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista came up with the idea of a collaboration between Kenzo and the unapologetically flamboyant fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto last year, who knew that the two legendary designers would pass away within months of each other.
Kenzo Takada and Kansai Yamamoto were the first Japanese designers to arrive in Europe and, in their own distinctive ways, they revolutionized fashion through their colorful and practical extravaganzas. “What a delightful idea to start a dialogue between these two pioneers and punks of fashion,” noted Baptista. Both were obsessed with animal and animal prints, and endlessly reinterpreted traditional representation of animals in Japanese art.
The new capsule collection, inspired by the two designers’ shared optimism, bursts of joy and contagious energy, feature reworked motifs and artworks from Yamamoto’s archives mixed with prints from the Kenzo archives. It consists of 30 womenswear pieces, 25 menswear pieces and 22 accessories.
The accompanying campaign documents a group of Parisian actors, photographers and models who are shown lounging at home, out and about on the streets, and clubbing at night, celebrating life in a way reminiscent of punk documentaries of the late ’70s and ’80s Movida movement. “I believe this is probably how both Kenzo and Kansai would have liked to be remembered. Both who dedicated their lives to infuse joy into the world through their work,” Baptista concluded.
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