In the UAE we have learned that nothing is impossible.Skiing and snowboarding take on a whole new meaning on desert dunes. Meanwhile KENZO Fall/Winter collection takes inspiration from another oxymoronic extreme sport, which is Arctic surfing. The gang is going to ride glaciers rather than waves and lay on the snow rather than the sand. Their outfits follow this new fusion of codes and needs.
The globe is warming. Seasons are fading. Climates are merging into one other. In reaction to the alarming environmental situation, the KENZO Gang explores a candid, utopic metaphor: this winter, they are going surfing in the Arctic Ocean.
‘A discovery of an arctic surfing subculture led us to a wardrobe that combines wild protection with an urban sensibility. Celebrating the women and men who experience as raw an environment as it gets, and hoping for it to continue forever’, Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim & Humberto Leon say. Designers are known for their irreverent and playful take on fashion and this collection is a good illustration.
Vivid colors appear throughout – winter blue and raincoat yellows. Prints include geo tiger patterns, checks and argyles, Hawaiian meets Arctic surfer floral, glacier beach and degrade aurora borealis. Knits are intricate and robust. Northern folklores appear with ribbon on dresses and skirts. Shearlings in orange are propped up against peplum parkas. Dresses feature x-ray layering. Ready-for -survival, shrunken ski gear. Coats auto-affixed to blazers and leather argyles.
The KENZO man doesn’t set foot outside his chalet door without a dress-long pullover, worn with the ease of an oversized tunic; the latter comes in a subtle color gradient, like a sun rise over an ice floe. Bomber jackets shimmer like an aurora borealis in the arctic. Pants and jackets are padded, matching and worn with a belt, like a revisited ski outfit.
If sober neutral colors seem too boring for you and you are the person who loves to impress, you will definitely like KENZO Fall/Winter 2017/18.