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Kenzo Goes Wild for Prints for Fall 2014 (Runway Review)


The Scene: To top their chocolate-covered walls at Opening Ceremony, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim enlisted David Lynch to do the music and set for the show, which was attended by Jessica Alba, Leigh Lezark and Rila Fukushima. According to WWD, the setup included "a sculpture of a creepy, dead, baby-ish head surrounded by a film screen projecting smoke, a snappy American soundtrack and an extra narrow runway that wound through the audience and allowed for extreme, up-close viewing of the clothes."

The Inspiration: “The whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.”

The Look: Given the “wild” inspiration, it was fitting that this season included a lineup of graphic prints often worn head-to-toe. Mixing and matching wildly contrasting prints isn't easy, but the designers succeeded and, more impressively, didn’t need to rely exclusively on classic shapes when doing so. While it’s certainly not everyone who can pull off blue and white printed high-waist trousers paired with an orange and red zigzag oversized collar jacket, it still worked. Similarly, slouchy oversized print coats, embroidered sweaters and skirts, bomber jackets, and textured knit sweaters along with slit tops will all be winners for women who like all eyes on them. Also worth noting were the full skirts worn over trousers and the tops that looked as though they were layered under mini dresses — they made for great runway pieces, but in real life would probably look best separated into two looks.

The Accessories: Envelope clutches, colorful, structured top handle bags as well as rubber-soled flats and booties.

The Beauty: Bold, winged liner and center-parted hair tightly worn back.

The Takeaway: A vibrant and upbeat collection with plenty of eye-catching looks.

All images: IMAXtree

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