This fall, pop culture fans are in for a treat at Kenzo, as the premier French luxury house has teamed up with none other than David Lynch for the Fall-Winter 2014 collection. Considered one of the most interesting and insightful directors, artists and musicians of our time, David Lynch’s surrealist overtures are clearly visible in every creative facet of Kenzo’s fall-winter collection.
David Lynch’s imagination and ingenuity can stimulate forgotten emotions through his canny use of whatever medium he chooses. Following Kenzo’s men’s and pre-fall collections earlier this year, the Kenzo women’s fall-winter 2014 collection is the crescendo in a trilogy of collections inspired by Lynch’s oeuvre. The creative forces at Kenzo, including Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, worked with Lynch on the set design and music for this show. As the experience progressed, they found themselves drawn into the head of the creator, and explored the various beautiful, idiosyncratic and elliptical characters he dreamt up for his myriad of works. The end result is truly inspired by David Lynch’s portrayal of love, revenge, the strange and mysterious with equal candor. “I really liked working with Humberto, Carol and the people at Kenzo. I wanted to try to get a different feel for a runway show, having mystery and emotion swimming together.” said David Lynch. The marriage between Lynchian art and fashion in this collection is beyond spectacular; bright saturated colors mark the collection, limbs oddly stick out of perforated walls in the campaign presentation and models even walked in front of a sculpture of a tortured face at the runway show.
The collection’s silhouette holds contrasts in volume, and everything is amplified. Lean and tall or high waisted and exaggerated, the structure remains resolutely, ultra-feminine. Collars are reinterpreted, blown up and tied around the waist as nonchalantly and intimately as the appropriation of a mans coat. The whole world is wild at heart and weird on top. Tool creatures, printed and embroidered onto jackets, skirts and pants come in woods, metals and Perspex. Tailored suits are quilted with down. Fox fur coats named after Lynch’s most remarkable characters “Wild Lula Lime”, “Laura Lilac” and “Midnight Dorothy” transform with detachable paneling. Lacquered twill jackets in flame inject fire colors to the palette. Skirts and dresses with shaved kangaroo are paired and layered with cross coats and embroidered and shredded organza. Foiled mohair grosgrain ribbons appear as belts and as inserts on trousers. Prints this season come in warped versions of habitual vistas, the David Lynch herringbone flooring and reflections of a mountain in shattered glass. A layered organza adds a 3-D effect to skirts and tops. Sweaters feature high definition tryptic embroidery and metallic foiling. For accessories, creatives Humberto Leon, Carol Lim and David Lynch were inspired by a northwestern American steelworker’s vestiary. Safety boots in pony and rubberized leather feature trapeze buckles in copper or matte metal. The Kalifornia is revisited as a tote for fall in knit, wool or printed quilted nylon. Pochettes in nylon and fur trimmings walk alongside those inscribed with the timeless “forever, no?”
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