“There is no Planet B,” warned Knola, a slightly creepy, computer-generated avatar who acted as the spokesperson for the Kenzo Spring/Summer 2015 show, welcoming guests in a range of languages that included Arabic. The digital interface was conceptually cool, displayed in Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s grand-scale style at a concrete skate park located in Paris’ 17th arrondissement. But what did it all mean? This season, the brand cemented its commitment to sustainable production by relying on eco-friendly suppliers to provide raw materials in keeping with Kenzo’s environmentally minded business model. “There is no Planet B” is a somewhat ominous reminder that we must treat our earth with more respect – it’s the only one we’ve got.
Even with the conceptually high-minded thesis that they set out from, Kenzo focused on crisp, accessible looks for SS15.
Even with the conceptually high-minded thesis that they set out from, Leon and Lim focused on crisp, accessible looks for Spring/Summer 2015, with sculptured surfaces and perforated textures developed on contemporary, minimalist designs. Loose, relaxed silhouettes were on message for the season, as were their exaggerated over-wide bellbottoms that scraped the floor. The collection featured garments with blown-up details, including the bellbottoms, huge lapels, and ballooned sleeves. In between a variety of feminine separates featuring asymmetrical peplum ruffles, there were masculine, nomadic looks imbued with languid attitude. The pallette seesawed between single color and pastel-printed, before elegant monochrome looks closed the show, which injected a chic, French quality into the presentation.
Kenzo’s conscience as a provider of consumer goods to armies of young, hip kids is a reminder that cool style and the preservation of our planet can go hand in hand. After all, in order to design for the future, we must have a future to look forward to.
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