KENZO Presents "Le Renard Bleu"

kenzo presents le renard bleu

KENZO continues its exploration of culture and global identities with the second installment in its Folio series. “Le  Renard Bleu” is a multi-disciplinary endeavor working across music, video, dance and print by talents  including: musicians  Midori Takada & Lafawndah; directors Partel Oliva; krump artist Qwenga and  photographer CG Watkins. The film and folio present KENZO’s – La Collection Memento N°2 and Spring-Summer 2018 collections.

KENZO FOLIO N°02 began as a rhythmic discussion between musicians Midori Takada (of no relation to Kenzo Takada, founder of the eponymous fashion house) and Lafawndah on the subject of the fabled myth, The Blue Fox. As transmitted by Takada, the fox appears in both ancient Senegalese and Japanese folktales as the trickster archetype; belonging both to the heavens and to the earth, the fox is the agent of chaotic good, shaking the world up when its energy has become stagnant. Above all else, the fox is famous for its cunning nature. This is the first piece of music on which Takada has worked in close to 20 years and its creation originated in her preoccupation with the legend of the fox. After constructing a vivid instrumental composition dramatizing the spirit animal’s journeys, Lafawndah responded – in her inimitable mix of fairytale and undertow—with lyrics capturing a dialogue between her and the fox himself.

Shot in Tokyo, Partel Oliva imagined a contemporary cinematic frame for the myth of the fox to reappear, creating a hybrid of choreography and narrative around Takada and Lafawndah’s performance of their joint composition (also titled Le Renard Bleu.). Qwanga expresses original movement within the piece as the titular fox.

KENZO FOLIO N°02 will be available from kenzo.com and later on the Antenne Books website antennebooks.com This is the second edition of KENZO Folio. The first issue “Gidi Gidi Bu Ugwu Ze, Unity is Strength” by photographer Ruth Ossai and director Akinola Davies Jr. was released in April 2017.

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PIERRE HARDY- MEN SS19 COLLECTION

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The Summer collection introduces a new informal and emancipated elegance articulated around two types of models. 

First, a folk spirit is given to lightweight classics developed in supple leathers – often unlined – and mounted on thin leather or rubber soles. Desert boots, “espadrille” slippers and slip-ons refer to a drifting Jack Kerouac look or an unlaced derby evoking a Gyspy Rock Jimmy Hendrix type. These shoes reflect a feeling of travel, wandering, from the Mediterranean Sea to Orient. Black, cobalt blue, Havana and black stripes, kaki … these colors take us to solar places.

The sport models refer to a more urban aesthetic. Two new sneakers, the Vibe and the Trail, play on graphic constructions. Pierre Hardy designs extremely striking models in contrasting tones.

Casual or sporty, these models are often punctuated with colorful lines, whether it’s in black and Havana leather for the dressed models or in overlapped leather bands for the sneakers.

Pierre Hardy defines a new dynamic tempo.  

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Moncler 5 Craig Green Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Moncler 5 Craig Green Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection from Milan Fashion Week.

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Loewe Fall 2018 Menswear

Thinking outside of the box for Fall 2018, Loewe brought fames photographer/artist Duane Michals to conceptualize and shoot the fall menswear collection. “He had carte blanche,” Jonathan Anderson said, Loewe creative director. “He came to Madrid and shot these tableaux in an old theater. He painted the backdrops and made the props," Anderson told Vogue.

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Takahiromiyashita The Soloist Fall 2018 Menswear

Takahiromiyashita The Soloist Fall 2018 Menswear

Designers Jun Takahashi of Undercover and Takahiro Miyashita of The Soloist collaborated under the theme of "order/disorder" for their Fall 2018 menswear collection.

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Dreamy ERDEM Florals now at H&M

"I was determined that Erdem x H&M would be the most beautiful collection, of the most amazing materials, details, and finishes," says designer Erdem Moralioglu. "I wanted this to be a collection that was truly focused on the pieces, to make something timeless in such a transient age."

In July 2017, H&M announced that British brand Erdem would be next in line of high-end collaborators to partner with the fast-fashion retailer. Details surrounding the partnership were kept secret, revealing only that florals and lace will be staples in the collection as they are within Erdem's DNA. It was also revealed of an additional collaboration with famed filmmaker Baz Luhrmann who  would be creating a mini-movie about the Erdem X H&M collection.

The Erdem collection hit H&M stores worldwide on Nov. 2nd with 83 pieces of womenswear, menswear, accessories and shoes. Erdem pointed out that the women in his life - mother, sister, were the inspiration for this collection. Prices range from $29.99 - $299.00 As promised, dreamy and elegant florals have blossomed throughout most of the pieces, including florals on the shoes. Also, expect to see tailored coats, chic handbags and something quite new for Erdem that is sure to be a huge hit with the H&M customer, the hoodie.

Baz Luhrmann has set the tone of the Erdem X H&M collaborative collection with an ethereal short film that tells a youthful story of romance, mystery and a love triangle. The film, titled, “The Secret Life of Flowers” features the Erdem collection in a visually captivating set. 

“I wanted the film to be like a whole movie. It’s a very modern love story, set in a country house that is full of its own secrets and it’s like a metaphor for our times - it’s harsh out there in the world, but in here, the things that really matter keep growing in an eternal spring,” says Baz Luhrmann.

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