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Jessica Minkoff, Marie Claire’s senior market editor, has ridiculously awesome style. Every time I run into her, I am guaranteed future outfit inspiration. Today’s look has some serious city edge. Denim is still a major theme at Fashion Week, and I love Jessica’s distressed set. Her moto jacket and moto-inspired handbag are the perfect complements to rough-and-tumble denim. I can’t wait to see what she wears tomorrow!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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March 5, 2014

Runway Rundown: KENZO

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We have a soft spot for Twin Peaks, as it’s set in our home state of Washington, so you can imagine our delight upon hearing that director David Lynch was the inspiration behind Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s fall show for KENZO.

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Lynch consulted with the duo on the runway production, creating the music and bringing in a giant bust that was perched at the base of the stage. His influences were less obvious on the collection itself, save for an overall eccentric vibe reflected in jagged prints, oversized shapes and asymmetrical folds.

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Olivia Kim, Nordstrom‘s director of creative projects, tells us about her nonstop Fashion Week adventures in What’s Up, Olivia.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Breakfast of fashion champions was caramel popcorn at the KENZO show this morning, a collaboration with David Lynch. There was certainly a Twin Peaks, I’m-channeling-Laura-Palmer aura in the air, and seeing my old friends Carol and Humberto stage another high-graphic, high-energy show is the best! (Read The Thread’s Runway Rundown on the KENZO show.)

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Gotta wear comfy shoes for all the walking, talking, moving and shaking. I’m not a wimp when it comes to pain, but my little feetsies are, so I gave them a break today and wore my favorite sneakers. Marciano, the driver, wore his, too.

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Nicholas Kirkwood presented his new collection this morning.

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Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Super-cool set design to match the super-cool heels.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Jewelry shopping with mega mega showroom.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Sometimes, you just gotta get down and dirty. Found some really cute things here. Coming to a store near you real soon!

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

A Century of Fashion at Condé Nast was an awesome, compact exhibit at the Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode. My favorite was Guy Bourdin’s first photo for Vogue, February 1955—and, of course, all the other fashion photog masters, including Albert Watson, Horst P. Horst, William Klein amd more current photographers like Inez and Vinoodh and Terry Richardson.

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Then a quick coffee and amazing people-watching with Justinian and Camilla at L’Avenue in the 8th arrondissement.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

And the night ends with me, Joey and James at our favorite bar, Carr’s, which is just a divey hole in the wall really. And that leads to airplanes on the bed…

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…and the best discovery super late at night: hotel potato chips!! Woo hoo!

Check out our latest all-menswear Pop-In, Heartbreakers Club, and take a peek at what Olivia’s loving right now.

A pop-of-color skirt and print-mixing with stripes: this look is classic, modern and feminine.

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The scene was total chaos at Celine, so the only spot to take a pic of the lovely Izortze was in the street! Luckily, we were able to make it out unscathed. You might recognize this lovely lady, as she’s a returning blog star (Clochet). I love the casual simplicity of Izortze’s style. A Kenzo sweatshirt is an absolute “must-have” this season!

xo,
Crystal

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Ever the mixer of natural themes and chic, down-to-earth cool, KENZO prepared a spring 2014 collection that included everything from oceanic prints to dripping panels of vibrant color.

Basins rigged with speakers shot water into the air, giving voice to the world’s oceans with a bass vibration like the beating of a heart. While this sound set the pace for the runway, electronica mixed with the crescendo of the waterfall backdrop.

 To highlight the continuation of their previous spotted leopard-focused work on wildlife endangerment awareness in spring/summer ’13, KENZO’s upcoming season dives into an underwater world of marine biology.

Blending the essence of breezy Californian surfers with coastal tones of L.A.’s underground music scene, this collection calls attention to the threats of overfishing in our planet’s already-limited pool of natural resources.

Using a diversity of cuts, ranging from cropped and businessy to oversized and relaxed, many pieces offer a perfect balance of wearability and creative edge.

The brand’s creative directors, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, chatted with The Thread after the show about the socially conscious statement within the collection and dished about the key prints for spring.

“One of the things we really wanted to talk about in this collection is the fact that there’s overfishing happening around the world. We really want to spread the message of protecting the ocean and its marine life,” says Humberto.

As declared by their statement piece, a belted neoprene T-shirt blouse, “80% of all life is in the ocean. No fish, no nothing.”

When it comes to the key prints, Carol called out “the wave, fish and message tees.” Part of the proceeds from the tees will go to The Blue Marine Foundation, a registered marine conservation charity.

—Ford Leland with additional reporting by Qianna Smith

Ooh la lamé! I admit, I am drawn to shiny things, and Amber’s golden leather pencil skirt drew me in like a moth to a flame. I love this playfully chic look, from the wild Kenzo sweater to the minty manicure.

Personal style blogger Amber says she loves to get creative and uses fashion as a means of expression. Looks like I have a new girl to style-stalk!

xo,
Crystal

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When it comes to the jungle of fashion, some may say that KENZO is king. Jungle prints have been at the core of the brand since Kenzo Takada opened his first boutique in Paris in 1970. The walls of the shop were famously decorated in jungle prints, inspiring Takada to call the store his ‘Jungle Jap.’

Fast-forward 43 years, and KENZO’s tale of the jungle continues with the adventures of creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who traveled to the tropical landscapes of Thailand to find inspiration for spring/summer 2013. During their journey through Koh Yao Noi and Khao Sok, the Opening Ceremony founders discovered the clouded leopard and, in turn, the print story for the collection.

As The Thread gears up for summer getaways and of course the fashions that make this time of year so fun, we asked the jet-setting design duo to discuss the importance of travel, the beauty of cloudlike spots and seeing the world through the lens of KENZO.

Destination Thailand: Khao Sok is inhabited by rare wildlife such as elephants, leopards and Malayan sun bears.

The Thread: This season you took us to the jungles of Asia, and then for fall/winter 2013 you found inspiration in the ancient temples of China, India and Nepal. Do you feel your collections represent the multicultural future of fashion?

Humberto Leon: We do so much traveling throughout the year that our inspirations come from every corner of the globe. We constantly keep our eyes open when we’re in a different city, from going to exhibitions to looking at what the kids on the street are wearing.

Both Carol and I have multiple facets to our heritage, Carol as a Korean American and myself having a Chinese mother and a Peruvian father. With the evolution of technology and social networks online, borders have—much like in music or television—been broken when it comes to fashion. We have young fans of fashion in Russia as well as Brazil, Thailand and Iceland. Even though all of these places are hundreds and thousands of miles apart, what remains the same in each of these countries is the fact that every person who walks into a store wants to know that they can afford something that has been well produced, has value for their money and is beautifully designed. If that’s what the multicultural future of fashion means, then we’re happy to be a part of it.

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The Thread: Your SS13 collection paid tribute to the clouded leopard. Tell us about your first discovery of this endangered animal, and what in particular drew you to this rare creature?

Carol Lim: At the beginning of 2012, Humberto and I decided to take a trip to the East Asian jungle. We’ve always been intrigued with this part of the world, and when we joined KENZO we discovered that Thailand was one of the places that Kenzo Takada had visited while on his legendary boat trip from Tokyo to Paris. So, we felt it was appropriate for us to visit this special and mysterious place. It ended up being one of the most amazing trips we had ever taken. We discovered the clouded leopard during our many treks into the jungle. It was such a beautiful animal that we immediately thought a print inspired by its coat would be great for the collection.

Purrfect: Backstage at the SS13 show during Paris Fashion Week, the surreal hues of camouflage clouded-leopard print popped with perfection.

Psychedelic Forest Print: KENZO Orchid Print Crepe Top & KENZO Forest Print Poplin Bermuda Shorts

The Thread: From the camouflage clouded-leopard print to the psychedelic forest print to the leaf print, take us through your creative process and how you manage the role of both fashion designer and print designer?

Humberto Leon: We usually start by having a conversation about where we see the collection going, the themes, what we really see happening with the garments. Then we usually get started with the research and discussion of fabrics, etc. Working at KENZO, a company so famed for its prints, it’s really not that difficult. They’re such automatic complementary roles that at a certain moment everything merges.

Tiger Tales: The leaf prints reveal a camouflaged tiger. KENZO Forest Print Sweater

The Thread: Beyoncé recently donned the clouded-leopard print to kick off the French leg of her ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ world tour. What went into creating this custom romper? Does a look like this represent the ‘energetic, fun and high-spirited’ vibe you want to inject back into the KENZO brand?

Humberto Leon: When Beyoncé asked us to propose costumes for her tour, we immediately envisioned different looks featuring all of our key KENZO prints such as the clouded leopard, flying tiger and psychedelic rainforest. Beyoncé is a strong force, and we wanted to be able to highlight her energy with our prints. The use of such vivid, vibrant, fun colors and motifs for her custom silhouettes, in our mind reinforces the already abundant brightness she exudes to all who watch her enthralling, and most importantly, energetic performances.

Her costumes for us represent the fun and energy that used to exist at KENZO at the time of its founder, Kenzo Takada, a time and atmosphere we want to bring back and highlight. When we saw Beyoncé wearing the outfits on stage, we knew we had made the right decision to collaborate on such an exciting project.

Fierce Fashions: KENZO Leopard Jacquard Sweater Dress

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Runway photos courtesy of KENZO
Portrait by Sebastian Kim

Travel the KENZO way this summer and discover the wonder and allure of Thailand.

Taylor Tomasi Hill is street style royalty–there’s always a swarm of photographers following her. I love her individual sense of style and fearless experimentation.

I’m lusting after the just-over-the-knee boots Taylor is sporting, and I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll see her again here in Paris!

xo, Crystal

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Kenzo Creative Directors, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (Opening Ceremony founders) chatted with us about their fall 2012 collection, favorite cities for fashion and their ultimate style tip for women. Check out what these fashion darlings had to say.

Image by Gregory Harris via Interview

Who is the Kenzo woman?
When we design a collection, we don’t picture a specific individual or type of person. Instead, we always want to design for all kinds of women, for all occasions. Within the FW12 collection, we focused on different stories for women, whether it’s a woman getting ready to go out in her chicest outfit, or going for a casual lunch date with friends, so that within the collection there were pieces that worked for every woman and every story.

What were the inspirations for your Fall 2012 collection?
This collection was inspired by interiors. There were sharp lines that evoked the sharp corners and linear elements of an interior landscape together with the softer curves and accents that make a home. The prints for this collection are very special to us. One is a hand-drawn marble print, and there are also fruit prints designed exclusively for us by Spanish art director Juan Gatti that were a play on bowls of fruits as home accents.

If you could give a woman just one style tip, what would it be?
Wear something that you are comfortable in. You could be wearing the latest trend, but if you aren’t comfortable in it, it won’t look good. To us, the most fashionable thing you can do is to look like yourself and embrace your individual style.

What’s next for Kenzo?
We want to push ourselves and Kenzo into the future. Part of Kenzo’s history, and its future, is to inspire people, to make them feel bold, to laugh, to go do something interesting. There is a whole universe to explore with the house, and we’ve only just started a very exciting voyage.

What are the essentials every woman needs in her wardrobe this fall?
Knits are always an important part of a fall wardrobe – knits were an important story in our fall collection for this very reason. They are so versatile, and can really fit any occasion. And of course, fall is a great time to invest in a coat for the season, so we also focused on outerwear. We especially loved the wool coats with the pleated bottom that zips off to become a cropped jacket.

What other fashion designers or innovators  do you admire?
There are so many brands in the industry that we admire for different reasons. We’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with some of these—for example, Juan Gatti is someone that we’ve long admired in the fashion industry, and we collaborated with him to create the exclusive fruit prints for the FW12 collection.

What is the most fashionable city in the world?
New York will always be a city that inspires us—the street style in New York is unlike that in any other city. That being said, we have been lucky enough to travel to many different parts of the world, and each location has been an inspiration to us in different ways.