KENZO’s womenswear collection for H&M is a unique celebration of the brand’s vibrant heritage, full of vivid prints, feminine details and playful silhouettes. Creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have filtered the archives of founder KenzoTakada through their own eyes, giving 21stcentury attitude to pieces with a 70s and 80s sensibility. Colours and prints are contrasted and clashed; kimonos inform the cut; ribbons and frills give folkloric charm, while sporty shapes add urban energy. It’s a collection of designs that are totally unique to H&M, both wearable and inclusive while also shining fresh light on one of fashion’s most thrilling histories. The collection will be availableinover 250 H&M stores worldwideon 3 November 2016.
*In UAE – The collection will be on sale from 8am on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the following locations: Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Centre and Yas Mall.
There’s so much freedom and vivacity in the clash of prints that run throughout the collection, mixing together archival prints with those created by Carol and Humberto. Key prints include the famous KENZOtigerstripes, a mash-up of animal prints, florals, an archive medallion printand an oversized print of mesh. Often there’s more than one print used in the same garment, like the flowing silk dress that combines mesh with floral, or the long tiered and pleated skirt that clashes different shades of animal print.
The collection is overflowing with femininity, especially the frills that fall across many of the pieces. Parisian frills sit on a mandarin collar of a tiger print shirt, a nod to the different worlds brought together by KenzoTakada, while frills decorate the edge of a reversible tiger-print wrap skirt. There’s also pleating and gathers to soften the silhouette, while contrast colour piping catches the eye. Knitwear mixes machine and craft, with a 3D jacquard tiger stripe sweater trimmed with a band of striped crochet knit at the hem. The little details are all important in the collection, especially the sweet antiqued gold flower buttons that hold the mandarin collar neckline of a silk mesh medallion print tunic dress.