Paris Fashion Week: Kenzo F/W 2013
Kenzo travelled to India the delightful fall-winter 2013-14 homage to Asian temples. Taking the flatness of Far Eastern silhouettes, grosgrain ribbon from house-founder Kenzo Takada's former haberdashery was used to reimagine the temples' lavish decorations in golds, rich reds, cobalt blues and black. "We loved the Hindu temples, and we took the crown mouldings and symbols and rebuilt them," said designer Humberto Leon, one half of the design duo. Rounded shoulders and funky boxy (or oval) shapes ensured that Leon and his creative partner Carol Lim lived up to their cool-kid reputation - while temple guard sleeves and wrap fastenings added a ferocity that the program notes say evoke "ancient Asian warriors." But, above all, the opulent fabrics - like gold silk jacquard and rich printed lame - made this surely the most elegant collection seen since they joined the design helm in July 2011.