backstage

// A TOUCHING FAREWELL AT KENZO //

When it was announced earlier this month that Carol Lim and Humberto Leon would unveil their last collection for Kenzo in Paris, you knew their show would be memorable. It was, in fact, a true spectacle, complete with models, dancers, musicians, and a soulful performance by Solange Knowles.

Kenzo Takada himself sat front row to watch a collection that paid homage to Japan’s ancestral traditions and its breathtaking coasts. The sea was the main source of inspiration for the designers, who invoked the resilient spirit of sailors and super heroes, on the hunt for their next treasure. Mixing traditional sailing motifs with technical fabrics found in scuba diving, Lim and Leon chose neoprene to craft matching jackets and pants, as well as a wet effect creased jersey. Sheer pieces were printed with mermaids, prawns and sea lilies. Ikat prints, sun-bleached denims and liquid look viscose were used for men and women alike, creating a nice harmony between the two lines. 

The American designers are famous for merging sportswear with sleeker lines and their reinterpretation of suiting was right on trend. Beautiful pastel tones added softness to the most structured styles, and a sense of romance defined the last womenswear looks, which were surprisingly intricate and embellished. A fully embroidered skirt -covered with stunning pearls and sequins- was worn with a simple cropped blouse and colorful sneakers. It was the perfect illustration of what Lim and Leon have always stood for: a sense of fantasy fused with urban pragmatism.


/ Words by Philippe Pourhashemi /

/ Backstage pictures by Merel Hart /


// SIES MARJAN Men's SS20 BACKSTAGE //


/ Photography by Merel Hart /

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// KOMONO X ANTWERP FASHION DEPARTMENT //

KOMONO is proud to announce its official partnership with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. For centuries, Antwerp has been the home to innovative fashion: from intricate lace to the game-changing Antwerp Six. Today, Antwerp remains a key city within the global fashion scene with the Royal Academy as the main incubator for new talent and innovative design. KOMONO has spawned from this hub of creativity and aesthetics, and brings the essence of Antwerp to the world.

KOMONO will work together with a selected number of master students in the creation of a capsule eyewear collection linked to the students’ personal work. Our mission is to aid the students’ exploration of innovative forms, their search for new colour combinations and their pursue for the original treatment of materials – and this related to the eyewear category. Workshops, given by our designers and product developers, will develop the students’ skills in 3D drawing/printing, tech sheets, material knowledge and manufacturing. The students will be given complete transparency and accountability as they will be involved from blank page to finished product.


Read more on the Antwerp Fashion Department collaboration.

// SAINT LAURENT / MEN SS19 BACKSTAGE //

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/ Photography by Rory /

/ Courtesy of Saint Laurent /

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// Y/PROJECT / BACKSTAGE FW18 //

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/ Photography by Alejandro Gata / 

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// LOUIS VUITTON / BACKSTAGE FW18 //

Exclusive inside backstage at LOUIS VUITTON SS18 captured by Ruben de Wilde.

// THOM BROWNE / BACKSTAGE SS18 //

Our exclusive inside at the Thom Browne SS18 backstage. 

/ Captured by LARA GASPAROTTO at both_productions /