This yr, style misplaced two of its most exuberant skills in Kenzo Takada and Kansai Yamamoto. The Japanese designers arrived in Europe across the identical time, circa the late ’60s and early ’70s, and helped revolutionize style with their exuberant creations. For the present inventive director of Kenzo, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, the dream was all the time to create a group that introduced collectively the 2 creatives’ work in a brand new approach. “What actually began me on this concept was their frequent burst of pleasure, instinct, and freedom,” Baptista writes. “What a pleasant thought to begin a dialogue between these two pioneers and punks of style.”
After assembly with each designers in 2019 and receiving their blessing, Baptista started imagining what a Kenzo x Kansai assortment would seem like. “Kenzo and Kansai have been obsessed by animalia, and each endlessly reinterpreted conventional representations of animals in Japanese artwork,” Baptista says. “Animals and animal prints typically gained a pop-manga therapy at Kansai, whereas at Kenzo it was extra about their celebration and interplay with nature.” Each designers additionally appreciated youth tradition, consolation, and motion, in addition to an overarching sense of pleasure. Most significantly, Baptista notes, “Each believed that style ought to speak to everybody.”
The Kenzo x Kansai Yamamoto assortment being unveiled right this moment is a posthumous tribute to these values. Photographed in Paris, Baptista’s interpretations of Kenzo’s and Kansai’s work embody T-shirts, jackets, pants, and equipment that includes animal graphics, Japanese textual content, and a little bit of in-your-face colour. “I imagine that is most likely how each Kenzo and Kansai would have favored to be remembered. Each devoted their lives to infusing pleasure into the world,” he says. “My favourite piece could be a black T-shirt with a Kansai tiger head within the entrance and on the again, in Japanese calligraphy handwritten by Kansai Yamamoto himself, three traces that learn: Kenzo, Kansai, Felipe.”
The gathering will go on sale on November 30. Consider it as a big memento of 2020, a poignant tribute to what style has misplaced and a small signal of the place we’d go from right here.