If you're reading Refinery29, you're probably a big fan of shopping — and for Kenzo's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, that whole culture of visiting a store, milling around the room, and dropping some cash was worth bringing to the runway. Held at historic department store La Samaritaine, the venue itself delivered Fashion Week to the shops in a literal way, and the Starbucks-branded Kenzo cups outside were a fun way to remind us of our own favorite shopping buddy (a thermos of Joe, that is).
As for the collection, Kenzo really hit on its greatest hits, both old and new, that launched trends in season's past, like origami-wrapped skirts, boxy sweatshirts, layered ribbons, and graphic prints-on-prints. While the collection itself was cohesive, we couldn't help but see a few elements borrowed from other designers (Suno-style collared dresses, Delfina Delettrez-style eye motifs, Tsumori Chisato-style prints, Ostwald Helgason-style shell jackets, Miu Miu-style sunglasses), which made the collection feel somewhat like flipping through the racks at Opening Ceremony.
Of course, Leon and Lim are rock-star boutique owners before designers, and their curatorial proclivities manifested onto the runways in a very obvious, very commercial way. We wouldn't be surprised if the same trends and pieces that sell out in their shops made it onto the runway this season. And hopefully, they did, because we wanted everything. It's nice to know that our weaknesses were guided by the hands of retail masters as adept as the OC duo.
Photographed by Nina Westervelt/MCV Photo