Kenzo: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have been fixated on the work of David Lynch. So much so that the director created a large sculpture of a head howling above the photographer’s pit and took control of the soundtrack for this season’s show. The result? A positively fixating mishmash of trippy prints, weirdly wonderful styling combos like a lime green tulip cocktail skirt worn over a lime green, brown, and black jacquard print pantsuit with a red printed jacquard button-down or a zigzag printed red jumpsuit worn over a black turtleneck with golden tools printed on the collar. That’s right: the kind of tools one can procure at Home Depot. Tools happen to be a Lynchian archetype, which runs through all of his surrealistic works. Those came on nearly every print in the collection, and even snaked along in a cluster on a B&W zigzag print clutch with fur trim. Like Lynch’s films, it was a collection so cool and with just the right dose of weird that it worked wickedly well.
Back to school! Yesterday Humberto Leon and Carol Lim showed their Pre-Fall collection for Kenzo in a series of three presentations to editors at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen on 44th Street in New York. That meant editors sat at library tables as models desceneded from above where they exited the stacks until they formed a staggered front against the books on the library’s main floor as DJ Andrew Kuo played oldie hits from the likes of Roy Orbison.
Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have once again partnered with Toiletpaper Magazine (haven’t you heard of it?) for their Spring/Summer campaign. The brand has signed model and actress Devon Aoki and Paul Bosche to appear in the images, which plunge into a fantasy world of giant fish, waves, and marine elements.
In keeping with their Spring 2014 theme of water and aquatic life, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon celebrated their work with a bash at the Aquarium du Paris. Guests descended a staircase as images of sea life floated across a big screen that hung from the wall. But the best views were in the rooms where sharks swam above guestsâ€™ heads in giant aquariums. Instagram heaven much?â€¨
With a little help from Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the beauty advisors wielding makeup brushes on behalf of EstÃ©e Lauder are getting a chic makeover. Incorporating the beauty brand’s history and heritage, each of these 15,000 male and female beauty gurus will be bestowed a 14-piece wardrobe in hues of navy, off-white, and jacquard.
Where will all the cool kids be on Saturday? Angelenos will be rushing over to Opening Ceremony on 451 North La Cienega Boulevard for Carol Lim and Humberto Leon bash for their new Rizzoli-published book, simply called Opening Ceremony, which looks back at 10 years of ground-breaking success as retailers and influencers.
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The latest genius move from Opening Ceremony mastermind duo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim? These Vans kicks for Kenzo, where they’ve been spreading their cultish strain of cool for the past four seasons as co-creative directors. The Vans x Kenzo creations will be on shelves at Kenzo outposts, the brand’s site, and retailers like OC, Lane Crawford, and Colette next Friday.