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LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Kenzo x Kansai Yamamoto
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Kenzo
03.12.2020
Kenzo's Felipe Oliveira Baptista introduces a new collaboration in tribute to the late Kansai Yamamoto and Kenzo Takada
Kenzo's Felipe Oliveira Baptista introduces a new collaboration in tribute to the late Kansai Yamamoto and Kenzo Takada
Kenzo's Felipe Oliveira Baptista introduces a new collaboration in tribute to the late Kansai Yamamoto and Kenzo Takada
Kenzo's Felipe Oliveira Baptista introduces a new collaboration in tribute to the late Kansai Yamamoto and Kenzo Takada
Kenzo's Felipe Oliveira Baptista introduces a new collaboration in tribute to the late Kansai Yamamoto and Kenzo Takada
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We know, we know, we know. You can’t possibly stomach news of another famous name being taken away from us right now. But listen, choosing to celebrate life and the memories that the dearly departed have left us with is perhaps the best counter to any of the bad juju you’re feeling right now. Kenzo, led by Felipe Oliveira Baptista, agrees. It felt the losses of two fashion pioneers probably heavier than most when Japanese designers Kenzo Takada (the namesake founder of the house) and Kansai Yamamoto (known for creating the costumes for David Bowie’s most iconic alter-egos) passed away over the summer just months shy of each other. Oliveira Baptista, who just joined the brand in the summer of 2019, already hatched plans to bring the two together as an ultimate fashion throwback since both were instrumental in shaping the European fashion scene since the ‘60s and ‘70s. Oliveira Baptista met them last year and got their blessing in pursing this dream pairing, though sadly they aren’t around today to see the results of it. That said, Kenzo has done all the ground work in this capsule collection – Oliveira Baptista’s second for Kenzo – that is perhaps a fitting tribute to two of the most iconic names in fashion. Oliveira Baptista has dug deep into the archives of both fashion masters to find surprising parallels in their work such as their shared love for animal motifs, bamboo, stripes, and Japanese calligraphy. Expect the flash that club kids of those eras and even of today’s will embrace. And may these icons never be forgotten.

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