Kenzo Men & Women Spring/Summer 2020 Paris fashion show inspired by the Ama – the famous Japanese female divers.
Dive into the world of KENZO for the last show under the creative direction of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. For this special occasion, KENZO’s roots in Japan and the brand’s affinity with art come together in a unique experience at the AccorHotels Arena.
Charting the course of the sun over the ocean, the long-exposure seascapes of Japanese photographer Yamazaki Hiroshi capture the breathtaking play of water and light. Selected works from his ‘Heliography’ and ‘Horizon’ series have been turned into the monumental backdrop of the #KENZOSS20 show space. Join the journey through 8 years of boundary-pushing creativity.
One hoodie came with a toile de jouy like design and a big sailing ship, while sailor collars or fishing net panels adorned jackets. Pearls and embellishments — meant to mimic precious bits the mermaids discover on the seabed — glistened from open weave tank tops, trousers or the front of a long, strapless dress.
This farewell should have come as no surprise to those familiar with Lim and Leon, whose shows have long included live bands, dance troupes and traditional Japanese theater, in a nod to the house’s founder, Kenzo Takada.
Over the years, the designers commissioned photographers and filmmakers including Jean-Paul Goude, David LaChapelle, Gregg Araki and Sean Baker to work on their campaign shoots and films.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has so far been mum on its succession plan in order not to taint Leon and Lim’s final show.
But according to sources, Kenzo is zeroing in on a contract with Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who last year wrapped an eight-year tenure as creative director of Lacoste.