Kenzo’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection was fun, futuristic, and sporty! The brand called their women’s line, “A Love Letter to Sayoko”, implying an homage to Sayoko Yamaguchi, who was muse to founder of the brand, Kenzo Takada. This runway show is different than most runway shows, because Kenzo has decided to cast only asian models for this collection. I think this is wonderful, seeing as there is hardly any asian representation in the media, an all asian fashion show is pretty powerful.
I loved how the looks mixed vintage styles, with a futuristic flair. Models strutted out in shorts with frilly trim, and outfits with bright colors, and dynamic stripe patterns. I love the addition of the sunglasses and chokers, because they are simultaneously old-school and futuristic at the same time. The vertical striped socks added a graphic shock to each of the looks, somehow, even though they are a small accessory, they give each outfit a surreal feeling.
The combination of girly patterns and tomboy silhouettes was extremely fun. It’s so amazing to see what a difference the smallest of details can make. For example, in one look, a set of chiffon stripes are sewn over an oversized tee shirt added a delicate and slightly elegant touch to the look. I really loved the use of pastels as well as bold colors, like orange or purple. Some collections only include one or the other, rather than both. The ruffled dresses added a cute feminine touch to the collection, but the silhouettes were very simple, so the femininity wasn’t over the top, throwing off the feeling of the collection.
Colorblocking was a technique that was used heavily in the last section of the show. The mix of femininity and sporty fashion was the most obvious here. Soccer jerseys accented with ruffles, or layered with sheer shift dresses gave an interesting feel. I loved the bright red and pastel pink combination, along with the powder blue accents. As always, Kenzo is very out of the box with colors, also using bright purple and yellow, blue, and orange, for looks that are bold, brash, but complementary.
This collection is not just noteworthy because of the all-asian line up, the collection is so interesting and has multiple influences that work together extremely well. It is definately a collection that might not be your style, but you can definately appreciate it for its uniqueness and artistic style. We can’t wait to see more of Kenzo with their next collection!