Opening Ceremony Los Angeles.
The Kenzo menswear show is always a major highlight for me here in Paris, for several reasons: the clothes are wearable and totally up my alley; the invitations are awesome; the showmanship is amazing (one year they poured tonnes of sand onto the runway from about 50 hanging cauldrons, this season they made it rain bubbles); they gave me my first ever European front row seat (and for that, they'll always have a special place in my heart). Just this morning some big news was announced – creative director Antonio Marras is leaving the company, and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony fame are taking over. According to Kenzo, the duo will split their time between Paris and New York.
"Humberto and Carol will bring their fresh creative talent and innovative approach to Kenzo to rejuvenate this iconic brand," said Pierre-Yves Roussel, Chairman and CEO of the Fashion Division of LVMH. "I am confident that they will leverage the unique contemporary and lifestyle spirit of the Brand to position it ideally for an ambitious development."
Translation: in true Opening Ceremony spirit, expect Kenzo to unveil a whole raft of collaborations over the coming seasons, and look forward to a complete overhaul of Kenzo's retail flagships.
I'll await developments with keen interest.
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