For Pre-Fall 2014, Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim gave the quintessentially French brand an Americana spin. There wasn’t any of the denim or outdoor ruggedness that the trend is comprised of, but instead cozy yet durable textures and a definite nod to sportswear.
Hues ranged from classic black and white combinations to the brightest of yellows.
Prints were plentiful and bold including blurred checks on bomber jackets and pencil skirts, stripes accenting woolen wrap skirts and blazers, poignant outerwear given punch with tile patterns, and an impossible to miss pantsuit covered head-to-ankle in motel doors.
There was no denying the retro-inspired vibe pervading through the offerings, shown in 50′s mini skirt suits, flared skirt boatneck dresses, and high-waist trousers.
A Kenzo collection wouldn’t be complete without a few “It” pieces and this season’s will surely be its graphic “Fire” sweaters and logo pouches. You can expect to see these all over the streets next season, or even for Fall 2014 fashion week on the most connected editors and bloggers.
My favorite looks in the selection were among the most pared-down, but still had a sharp edge. A black and white cropped jacket with equally cropped sleeves was simple yet straight to the point when paired with a white button-front shirt and high-waist trousers, while a wrap blazer and skirt gave an entirely new and sexy meaning to the idea of a skirt suit. I could definitely see the latter on Kenzo aficionado Solange Knowles with her killer afro and a pair of eye-catching pumps.
See anything you like from Kenzo’s latest collection?