Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen Star in Kenzo Fashion Film

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If you’re looking for clown content that’s a little less It and American Horror Story: Cult and a little more existentially distressing, you may want to take 13 minutes to watch Kenzo’s new fashion film. Cabiria, Charity, Chastity is the directorial debut of Orange is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne, and to say that it’s bizarre would be a massive, egregious understatement.

Kenzo is already known for creating top quality, surrealist films for its collections – their last, directed by Spike Jonze, won a Grand Prix at Cannes this year – and this clown-centric piece doesn’t disappoint. Lyonne wrangled up a star-studded cast that includes Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Macaulay Culkin, Leslie Odom Jr., and Greta Lee. Oh, and she got almost all of them simply by texting them – because Lyonne is just that good.

In the film, Rudolph plays Chastity, who winds up on a time-traveling journey of self-discovery that includes clown school (as taught by Armisen), a cabaret, a terrifying Macaulay Culkin, and a gibberish language that the director made up for the film. We’d try to explain the story, but after two run-throughs, we still have literally no idea what any of it means.

While we anxiously await Kenzo’s SS18 show on September 27, to see how the film ties in, take a break and watch it in all its weird glory.


Maya Rudolph Looks Glam in the Trailer For Kenzo’s Surreal New Fashion Film

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The first full trailer for Natasha Lyonne’s directorial debut with Kenzo is finally here, and it looks as magnificently vaudevillian as we could have ever dreamed.

The film also stars Fred Armisen, Leslie Odom Jr., Greta Lee, Macaulay Culkin, Waris Ahluwalia, James Ransone, Matt Lucas and Natasha herself. Titled Cabiria, Charity, Chastity, it is  about, according to Paper“the illusion of significance in a surreal, unjust and often unintelligible world, yet finding meaning within it and retaining a form of hope despite of it.”

The full film will be released September 15.


Kenzo Closes Paris Fashion Week With Entirely Asian Cast Two Act Play

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Kenzo certainly knows how to put on a show. The fashion brand helmed by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim closed a highly memorable Paris Fashion Week last night by staging an event dedicated to two of their greatest muses: Ryuichi Sakamoto, the renowned musician and composer behind such films as The Last Emperor, and the model Sayoko Yamaguchi, who served as muse to the brand’s creator, Takata Kenzo.

But this was no ordinary runway experience. Rather than remain confined to a line of men and women walking stoically down a catwalk, Leon and Lim decided to stage a two-act play, complete with a musical intermission, fashion acrobats kareening up and down the walls of the space, and a cast composed of entirely Asian models, a tribute to the brand’s roots.

“We felt like it would be really beautiful and poetic to cast a full Asian cast and celebrate the heritage of the brand,” the pair said.

The first act of their play, titled ‘Building the Bamboo Houses,’ was a tribute to Sakamoto, while the second act, ‘Love Letter to Sayoko,’ was, fittingly, an homage to Yamaguchi.

The show was held at the Lycée Camille Sée in Paris.

“For both [Men’s and Women’s] collections, we aim to capture the duality of the two figures,” they continued. “We look to the era when our muses ruled on two distant continents: to Riyuichi’s personal flair when questioning the norm, and to Sayako’s ability to mix patterns, prints, silhouettes, and color.”

Take a look at the space, some of the clothing, and models cascading down the walls below:

État de mon âme. Haute voltige au show Kenzo. It means : love is wall. #kenzo show #pfw #mfw @kenzo

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Kenzo Just Cast Our Dream Film: Macauley Culkin, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Leslie Odom Jr.

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Huge cinematic news: Kenzo’s upcoming fashion film will star literally the most iconic assemblage of actors we can imagine off the top of our heads right now. Oh, and the film is written and directed by the fiery and fantastic Natasha Lyonne, so you know it’s going to be amazing and freaky. They announced the upcoming project through this Instagram post, which leads us to believe there will be a circus-y vaudeville vibe to the whole experience:

For starters, there’s Macauley Culkin, who we’ve been begging to enter the fashion sphere ever since he served us pom pom hat realness in Home Alone. Maybe he’ll play a washed up clown smoking cigarillos in a corner backstage.

Then, naturally, there’s Maya Rudolph, the Queen of All Things, who looks fabulous, by the way, in a furry jacket and neck bow. We’re imagining her to be the uproarious hostess of the show, who maybe is also a tap-dancing sensation?

Fred Armisen is here, too, and likely playing a mime of some kind, based on his makeup. Rounding out the cast are British comic Matt Lucas, Waris Ahluwalia, Greta Lee, James Ransone, and Leslie Odom Jr. And if Kenzo’s past films are any indication, this is going to be a new masterpiece.

I mean, anyone else still watch this every day before work?


Kenzo Releases Trippy, Rave-Inspired New Fashion Film

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For their S/S 17 campaign, fashion brand Kenzo teamed up with Traum Inc. to produce a wild, collage-y video inspired by rave culture both past and present. The video features prints from the new ready-to-wear collection fused with archival footage from the late videographer Nelson Sullivan, who captured scenes from 80s and 90s New York club life on tape.

Traum Inc., who created the video, said of the clip, “It’s obvious to us that rave culture is not a finished story, it’s still in a state of transition from our past to future — in the middle of which we all are,” HypeBeast reports.

They added: “Past or future, there’s a great deal of optimism in the context of rave culture – it’s all about the notions of unity, acceptance, love, respect and possibilities within the international, interracial, intersexual and non-binary community. This is why we want to believe that this culture will continue existing, growing and progressing, it couldn’t be more relevant in 2017… We see Nelson Sullivan’s work as iconic and revolutionary – while documenting his day-and-nightlife surroundings he also documented the birth of a culture, and invented the format of video blogging – way ahead of his time. This video is our expedition into the different eras, where we created a visual dialogue between the yesterday and the tomorrow. ”

Watch the film below:

Shop the latest Kenzo collection here.

Insta-Critic: Everything you missed from #PFWeekend

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The weekend lineup at Paris Fashion Week was filled with shows that veered on the side of statement-making drama–the kind of shows that provide ample fodder for Instagram. On the quieter side of things, some of Paris’s hippest labels–Kenzo, Celine, and Chloe, to name a few–showed collections that subtly evolved their brands while staying true to their cool-girl roots. See the full roundup below!

Junya Watanabe played with dressing in three dimensions. The show featured graphic skirts, done in rigid pleats and topped with fantastical honeycomb hats.

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This season Haider Ackermann sent out a more boyishly tailored, less romantic collection. Done in dark prints, the fitted jackets in tweeds and velvets displayed masterful pattern-mixing.

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Mixing prints at Haider Ackerman

Vivienne Westwood stayed true to her Brit-punk sensibilities and sent out a collection of perfectly off-kilter clothes, featuring ball gowns for the boys and pant suits for the girls. Completing the runway’s unruly party theme? The German band Die Hartjungs performed live.

Westwood’s wild party dress

Comme des Garcons showed an (unsurprisingly) avant-garde collection this season, delivering white lace and cotton confections fit for royalty and styled with the dark lace veils.

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Hyperbolic dressing at Comme Des Garcons

Acne presented a collection worthy of wardrobe envy, featuring high-waisted pants, patch pockets, and plenty of tweed. If the clothes weren’t enough, there are always the coveted Acne accessories: this season the sculptural, high-heeled ankle boot is the one to get.

Acne gets eclectic

Olympia le Tan‘s collection was fit for a prima ballerina who likes to party on the weekends. Those sweet touches of hand-illustrated scrollwork were drawn by the designer’s Dad.

Hand-drawn designs at Olympia Le Tan

Kenzo has sportiness in its DNA, but this weekend the label notorious for sending out statement patterns went for a more refined approach of piling up long, contrasting layers in surprising satin finishes.

Kenzo’s dark drapey looks for fall

True to form, Celine sent out cool, modern clothes women want to wear, but this season, the typically minimalist label got a bit cheeky with tighter bodices and a woodland animal motif.

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The bags at Celine

As Lorde, Kelly Rowland, and Poppy Delevingne looked on from the front row, this season’s Chloe girl embraced a take-charge aesthetic. Still, the relaxed 70s mood that prevails at the brand was still present: slouchy wide-leg pants and plenty of fringe kept things floaty.

I am feeling all sorts of understood at Chloe

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Chloe does fringe for fall

Humberto Leon Wants You to Buy a Men’s Winter Jacket, Ladies

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It’s getting to be the time of year when all I can think about is whether or not to take the plunge and buy a SAD lamp. It’s dark at 4 p.m., and so cold the only way to walk is with your entire face buried in your clothes. So when we arrived at Kenzo’s pre-fall viewing/lookbook shoot surrounded by curtains of colorful, stringed beads, reflecting light around the room (very elevated-Claire’s circa late ’90s), we felt instantly uplifted. Off to the far end of the room, were models shooting the lookbook in real time. Then, moments later, the images were posted to a wall amongst the clothes on mannequins, giving a sense of the process behind a collection.

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Humberto Leon, one half of the design team behind the uber-cool Kenzo, (and Opening Ceremony), created with Carol Lim, can relate to that doldrums-y-uninspired feeling forecasts like the ones this week can inspire.

“It’s just about owning your favorite jacket, whether it’s a parka or a shearling coat. It’s just about having that staple warm coat and putting anything with it.

“I always kind of liked the idea of buying men’s winter jackets for themselves. I always thought it was such a great idea because you get the volume, and an immediate kind of coolness.”

Pro-tip, obviously. After all, A men’s outerwear jacket, oversized already, means room for your four different sweaters underneath.

Leon noted that the collection is based around hidden languages–evident in many ways, but particularly a pair of bad-ass hieroglyphic-printed wide-legged trousers.

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Note the furry clogs.

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“The Kenzo language is always about color and brightness,” Leon says. Take a look. It’s a language we want to speak.

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Surreal Life with Kenzo and David Lynch

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Kenzo just released some images and a teaser video for it’s fall winter 2014 campaign, and they’re really weird in a really good way.

The campaign, created in collaboration with Toiletpaper magazine’s creative team — Maurizio Cattelan, Piperpaolo Ferrari, and Micol Talso — Kenzo’s creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, “bring the viewer on another perplexing exploration into the Parisian fashion house’s collections,” according to the release.

The five-some have previously collaborated on Kenzo’s fall winter 2013 and spring summer 2014 campaigns, focusing on the development of characters and protagonists. This season’s campaign, inspired by David Lynch, places models Guinevere van Seenus and Robert Mckinnon in an unusual environment, and revolves around their exploration and interaction with this beautiful, alien world.

Oh, also, they’re wearing beautiful clothes. Peep the teaser video and another image below, and get excited for more videos and gifs to come every day this week on Kenzo’s blog, Kenzine.


BlackBook’s Head Explodes: David Lynch Designs Kenzo’s Fashion Show Set

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That’s all. Stay tuned.