The creative director of Kenzo – Antonio Marras, who has been with Kenzo for the past six years, organized the fascinating show of Cirque d’Hiver (Winter Circus) in Paris Fashion Week to mark the 40th anniversary of the world famous brand, founded by Kenzo Takada.
This gorgeous show-in-the-round was divided into two phases: first Antonio Marras presented his own collection for the upcoming season. The designer was inspired by his birthplace – the Mediterranean island Sardinia. He skillfully blended Sardinian heritage with the Japanese origin of Kenzo, playing with the loose silhouettes in Oriental-inspired prints of stripes, abstract cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums. The dominant colors were light turquoise, gray, bright orange, navy, and light pink. The models eyelids were painted in bright yellow. They walked along the Cirque d’Hiver demonstrating the long tunics and dresses combined with pants, and kimano-robes and djellabas worn with drop-waist dresses. All the dresses were accompanied by various fashion accessories and geisha-style platforms.
During the second phase of the show Antonio Marras demonstrated the Kenzo’s heritage, which was especially organized to celebrate Kenzo’s anniversary of four decades. He had gathered different pieces from the archives of Kenzo designers and reinterpreted them using his own imagination and skills. The result was a bright, multicolored, gorgeous mix consisting of Edwardian jackets, Matrioshka dresses, lace skirts, tribal patchwork, embroidery, tapestries, and high hats.
The designer showed his great esteem towards the wonderful heritage of Kenzo, using his own brilliant creative ideas, which was an incredible and unique way of doing it.