These days, we’re no strangers to a pre-show performance to ease an eager front row into the imminent slew of models that will swagger down the runway. In fact, it’s practically expected. As pioneers of this concept, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim deliver a theatrical treat every season and SS18 was no different. Flown over just for the occasion, traditional Japanese Kagura dancers delighted audiences in a performance dedicated to the Shinto gods. Miraculously bringing an eight-tailed and eight-headed dragon puppet to life, they were the perfect entrée for a collection inspired by the brand’s roots.
Denim For Days
Leon and Lim delved deep into the brand’s archives to present a collection that was heavily influenced by Kenzo Takada’s denim of the 70s. With 30% of the clothes shown having been lifted straight out of the house’s historical runway deposit, it’s a wonder that the collection didn’t look dated, but true to form, the denim pieces that were shown couldn’t look more current if they tried. Indigo hues and exposed seam detailing, make double denim ensembles desirable for a millennial clientele; a reformation of design that reminds us of Takada’s original brilliance.
It may be a bit early to start planning looks for 2k18’s festival season, but Kenzo’s eclectic print combinations are just begging to be donned by next year’s pack of summertime ravers. Bum bags and exaggerated bucket hats complete the look, while the socks and jelly shoe combo provide styling inspo for those planning to head overseas for their partying pursuits.