fashion • 27 Jun, 2017
Kenzo Cast All-Asian Models For Spring Summer 2018 Collection
True diversity at Paris Fashion Week
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.
While the notion of paying homage to the heritage of brand is something that is important to Leon and Lim at Kenzo, the message of diversity and celebration of culture should be recognised more widely – “It was about the two muses,” Leon said backstage. “We felt like it would be really beautiful and poetic to cast a full Asian cast and celebrate the heritage of the brand.” Among the cast were models: Mae Lapres, Manami Kinoshita and Fernanda Ly.
The SS18 men’s and women’s show 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
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 - a perfect way to end another season of shows.
Words by AA