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First look: Kenzo La Collection Memento No 2


Parisian brand Kenzo shares its most recent collection, La Collection Memento No 2. Founder Kenzo Takada was born in Japan and the label offers a fusion of its Asian roots with classic American fabrics. This new primarily denim collection celebrates freedom of expression and makes jeans a more wearable piece of summer clothing. Get a glimpse of the recent collection and see how the brand’s Japanese heritage is a major source of inspiration for its designs

Rebecca Rhys-Evans
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Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon celebrate diversity and free-thinking with the brand’s newest range, La Collection Memento No 2. It is a tribute to founder Kenzo Takada’s 1986 Kenzo Jeans collection, which fused together techniques stemming from his Eastern heritage with classic American fabrics. This collection delves into the archives, reworking older jeans designs and making them appropriate for summer.

The collection mixes Japanese fashion and classic Americana, with kimono silhouettes layered over Hawaiian prints and raw denim in shades of Samurai Red and Indigo Blue. For menswear, shapes come in heritage cuts and carpenter jeans while womenswear sees super-high-waist styles and workwear-inspired pieces. Popular vintage Kenzo motifs make an appearance too, with the bamboo stripe and tiger motifs featuring on T-shirts and accessories, as well pieces featuring the famous The Great Wave Off Kanagawa artwork. For footwear and accessories, sportswear is a major component and items include nylon backpacks and bumbags, coloured unisex jelly sandals, braided tote bags and florescent detailing.

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