For Resort 2015, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Kenzo tell the tale of “An American in Paris” with a collection that re-contextualizes youthful American sportswear by adapting classic Parisian style. Shown at the Four World Trade Center in New York City, the brand’s output represents a melting pot of fashion ideas. Hip, cool threads are Kenzo’s modus operandi, and for resort it focuses on clean lines, graphic embellishments, and easeful separates. Although updated streetwear is not new territory for the brand, the way it deftly references Parisian classics, such as the marinière stripe, culottes, cabans, and sailor trousers, proved Kenzo’s flexibility.
On stage, we saw terrific proportion play, like a cropped navy jacket paired with a navy jumpsuit and a relaxed trench coat paired with matching wide-leg trousers. Clashing separates pitted stripes and off-kilter patterns together, while elegant shift dresses balanced bombastic prints with simple polka dots. The best look came from an elongated silk shirtdress with a hem that scraped the floor and slit that sliced up the side for easy mobility. While the marriage of American and Parisian style was subtle, Kenzo did directly reference the fusion with the use of souvenir buttons that depicted the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. When planning a resort wardrobe, nothing says “globetrotter” like the cultural union found on Kenzo’s Resort 2015 runway.
Photos: Courtesy of Kenzo