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Kenzo Finds Refuge in The Wild

It’s no secret that Kenzo’s Paris Fashion Week shows aren’t for those who prefer to dance the night away. The fashion pack woke up bright and early Sunday morning to trek all the way to the Porte de La Villette on the outskirts of Paris to see the fall/winter 2015 collection. The audience surrounded three sides of the vast space. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim did what they do best and put on a spectacle filled with plenty of visual stimulation. Models paraded around a backdrop of seven enormous blocks that moved throughout, revealing the English indie band Saint Etienne, who performed two tracks they composed just for the occasion.

Leon and Kim explored “togetherness through camaraderie, ceremony and protection,” a feeling that apparently calls “the wild” its home. “Their refuge forged through their friendship with the surrounding trees and forest, the latter serving as the inspiration for the dark flora prints that came on a number of looks.” Prints, formed from dissected rays or labyrinths, were a plenty, and Leon and Lim, who were probably inspired by New York’s freezing temperatures this season, went for layers and layers of warm capes and blankets. Tones that evoked nature—forest green, orange, navy, and plenty of black—made up the color palette that appeared on the voluminous ensembles, and the shearling leather jackets exuded Kenzo cool. It was all about an effortless sort of winter polish, and there’s no doubt that this collection will pop up in street style photos in the coming months.

Kenzo fall/winter 2015

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