Chloë Sevigny and Dakota Fanning stood in matching charcoal colored Kenzo wedges as models emerged wearing Kenzo’s 2015 Resort collection in the new lobby of 4 World Trade Center on Monday night. For this season’s collection, designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon lived up to their label’s tradition of playfully pairing drastic silhouettes and contrasting patterns through plenty of oversized hats, neon bags, stripes and polka dots. “I think that we always want to push the boundaries and push the limits, but in a way that as a viewer, you look at what we’re working on and even if the shapes are extreme, everything has a realness to it,” Leon told us after the presentation.
The sides of sunglasses read Kenzo and bags are emblazoned with Kenzo Paris. Even the mini chocolate éclairs served to guests had the label’s name on top (but of course, this is the fashion world we’re talking about, so most trays returned to the kitchen nearly full). Kenzo’s Resort collection celebrates Paris, but through a foreigner’s eye. The garments interpret the majestic and ornate Parisian architecture through the lens of an American obsessed with modernity and technology. Graphic prints are infused with gold embellishments; subtle and chic navy dresses give way to over-the-top mix and match patterns.
“Some prints look like billboards that have been half ripped down,” Leon continued. “We wanted to really talk about celebrating things of the past and things of the present and seeing all the layers through the years.”
In addition to the obvious dresses, skirts, pants and jackets, expect hats with brims twice the width one might expect, statement earrings featuring shiny, imitation pieces of black and red coral reefs dangling from oversized transparent purple jewels, and electric blue shoes in all shapes, sizes and heights.