Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the eco-warriors?
For their sixth year at Kenzo, the pair explored the iconic Parisian label through an eco-centric lens with the aim to "provoke discussion about Earth's pressing issues". The point of inspiration for Fall/Winter 2017-2018 was arctic surfing – resulting in a collection that combined the polar wilderness with an urban sensibility.
Leon and Lim sent out the men’s collection in full, followed by the women’s: a progression of colourful peplum parkas, shrunken ski gear, intricate knits with aurora borealis dip-dyed patterns, and flight suits in vibrant hues of winter blues and raincoat yellows. And true to Kenzo's DNA, playful prints were aplenty: "geo tiger" patterns, checks, argyles, and punchy Hawaiian florals. In a nutshell, it was a bold and ballsy showing that decisively pushed past the tired tropes of activewear into the realm of dressing for the future.