Big changes are taking place at Kenzo at the moment. This week the brand announced that they have brought the duo behind Opening Ceremony to serve as joint creative directors at the brand, succeeding Antonio Marras. Fans of the American chain should not despair as the Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have both confirmed that they will continue their work at Opening Ceremony and will now simply split their time between Paris and New York.
"Humberto and Carol will bring their fresh creative talent and innovative approach to Kenzo to rejuvenate this iconic brand," Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and CEO of LVMH's fashion division, explained. "I am confident that they will leverage the unique contemporary & lifestyle spirit of the Brand to position it ideally for an ambitious development."
Three days has passed since the big reveal of the the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress and we're still talking about it. Before the cermony had finished WWD managed to release a list of comments from the fashion elite about their opinion of the dress and, based on their comments, they loved the dress just as much as we did.
Mark Badgley of Badgley Mischka, speaking for himself and James Mischka: 'James and I have goose bumps! The dress is perfection; and will stand the test of time. It is a classic Grace Kelly look. The skirt is divine. We love the hair down and the veil. The proportion is beautiful.'
The fashion world flooded backstage to congratulate Antonio Marras after his Spring/Summer 11 collection for Kenzo yesterday. The show was a special one for the brand as it helped mark their 40th anniversary, which was celebrated in the show by the designer dedicated half of it to showcase pieces of the brand's archive including some of the pieces he's contributed since arriving at the house six years ago. Models walked the runway and stood in the Cirque d'Hiver with layers and layers of the brand's archive to a rapturous applause.
The show was interesting, moving in a new direction from what we've seen in the past, which Marras confirmed was a deliberate move hinting to Style.com that we'll see a change post anniversary. Marras showed the signature eclectic mix of East meets West on volumous kimonos and loosely struxtured printed waistcoats styled over cropped tops under dresses with 3-D rose prints all of them with similar-style trousers.