Fashion

Harold Kensington SS ’16, from Kanye West to Solo Success

Fashion

Harold Kensington SS ’16, from Kanye West to Solo Success

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Photography: Dicko Chan
Styling: Megan Parsons
Model: Kira King
Wardrobe: Harold Kensington

After studying Womenswear Technology at the London College of Fashion and working with major names like Kanye West, Celine and Diane Von Furstenberg, Harold Kensington is now confidently delving into solo pursuits.

Raised in Africa before moving to Europe, the rising designer’s work innately reflects his geographical background. “There is always an undertone within collections I design relating to African culture and lifestyle,” he said. “That combined with my European nurturing creates a fresh aspect to my design process.”

Kensington’s SS ’16 collection initially manifested when he first moved to LA, having to apply the new resources around him: factories, sample rooms and fabric mills. “Really [the collection] was an exploration into getting a better understanding the reality and practicality of my new environment,” he said.

This particular body of work also represents a shift in the Kensington woman. In the past, the designer said he’s been inevitably influenced by the brands he’s worked for, marrying his personal aesthetic with theirs to create a “strong yet compassionate modern woman.” Now, fully embracing his own stylistic agenda, Kensington said his woman today is more of an organic, nature-loving client that’s drawn to artisanal textures. See a full preview of Kensington’s SS ’16 collection, above, featuring photography from LA by way of Hong Kong photographer Dicko Chan.