• Text Tempe Nakiska
  • Photography Raffaele Cariou
  • 28th June 2014

Les Souvenirs Français’

Ask anyone vaguely familiar with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s Kenzo where the duo are based and Los Angeles will inevitably be the response. Fair enough: since entering in 2011, Leon and Lim have channeled their SoCal roots (Lim is from San Fernando and Leon San Gabriel) into a relaxed new vision that has put Kenzo back on the fashion map. 

In reality, they are constantly hopping between New York and Paris. And so it was an American ode to the French man that we saw yesterday. The seine provided the perfect backdrop as the heavens threatened to open up again (it only stopped raining minutes before the show began), the boys walking across the Pont Alexandre III to the grinding electronic beat of Disclosure.

Soft trenches and sheer knits were cast in Ladurée shades of pastel, while the macaroon shape was echoed in oversized polka dots, the odd one bearing an Eiffel Tower and the Kenzo logo. Wide collared parkas were A-line and influenced by scooter culture, shoes inspired by the city’s cyclists and bags Le Corbusier.

Knitted tanks introduced Cosette from Les Miserables and the lady liberty herself. Just wait, before you know it these are all you’ll be seeing on the streets of Paris, London, New York, LA…