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Walking into the newly re designed Kenzo store on rue Rennes on the Left Bank of Paris last week, on the suggestion of my dear friend Ben, who has just started working with the company, brought  the Jackson 5 song “Can You Feel It?” into my head……because it really was an exciting moment happening right before my eyes…..with every season nowadays seems to bring yet another creative director to a company in need of reinvention….some labels brought back have been so obscure, they may have fared better left in the history books and others have brought a whole new life to the meaning of the brand, like Celine & Carven……..but with the re launch of Kenzo by New York’s Opening Ceremony owners, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, they have shown a match made in heaven, their story is well known and their experience in fashion is a long one, with this they have brought a certain Kenzo seventies energy, with a touch of Fiorucci colour craze, and a whole new sense of modern dressing going on……this is very good stuff indeed…….so a little New York know how is living in here…..and soon everywhere but with such distinctive pieces, these wont be for the shy…..right now, I am contemplating the trench with removable collar and sleeves, sounds so modern, because it is!

Kenzo Fall 2012…..the collection just shown brought back those high cheek bones and casual glamour Kenzo was also known for back in the day……this collection out did the last…..more everything….the knitwear was a standout and so were the prints…..the suiting looked so perfect and no one else has touched hot pink quite like this, also loved the comeback of the silk lamé, (good timing since I just scored a seventies Sonia Rykiel silk lamé dress at the flea market!) …..shown in the incredible setting of the atrium of Université Pierre et Marie Curie, these modernists are taking it from strength to strength…..


Photos: UK Vogue, April 2012,

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