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Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Kenzo Fall 2013

Denizens of cool, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, have broken the mold on the Kenzo aesthetic this season with a wicked presentation that takes the concept of “protection” to both literal and metaphoric new heights. Inspired by the temples of the ancient Near East, their Asian warrior princess looks come across as hip and fresh when dressed up in pouchy textured leathers and vibrant prints. Folded into the presentation is a slice of the Kenzo lifestyle – with the soundtrack provided by M.I.A. (“The Matangi MixCelebrity” will be available for free download on the Kenzo website later this month), and jewelry designed by the empress of hipdom herself, Delfina Delettrez Fendi.

On the Kenzo runway we see a mix of silhouettes – from long and lean in the form of x-cross brocade and jacquard printed daywear frocks and trim paneled trousers to exaggerated and oversized in the form of raglan sleeved bomber jackets and kimono-sleeved blouses. They show textured metallics and leather materials alongside fluffy dyed mohair outerwear. Their “evil eye” print outerwear and knits are meant to ward off evil spirits, but will likely only cause jealousy in your peers. They close the show with a gleaming liquid lamé printed gown, which is breezy and diaphanous in comparison to the rest of the collection. If you’re looking for a brand that will help you break through the insularity of the fashion pack, Kenzo is your go-to for forward-thinking style.

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written by GRACE GORDON

-March 4, 2013

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