Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have always been inspired by travel, and their collections for Kenzo have long shown this. The autumn-winter 2019 collection is no exception. At the Carrousel du Louvre, the duo paid tribute to Humberto’s Peruvian origins by creating a dreamlike multicolored aesthetic, with drawings by Peruvian artist Pablo Cesar Amaringo Shuña. The natural and the spiritual were mixed through the help of Ayahuasca, creating an abundant kaleidoscope. Those in the front row wore the brand’s latest creations, like performer Kiddy Smile (in his sweater from the Memento collection, a tribute to Douanier Rousseau) and British actress, known from Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams. Models Winnie Harlow and Soo Joo Park brought to life a collection combining heritage cultures. On the runway, geographical realities (like the extreme cold in Peru) were reflected in superimposed textures and prints in Earth motifs. Telling personal stories is always Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s shared intention; once again, they succeeded in giving their prêt-à-porter an essential cultural dimension.

Video: Leïla Jensen

Photos: Jean Picon
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