GODDEVA | KENZO MEN & WOMEN SS20 SHOW
For our ultimate collection for KENZO, the Spring/Summer 2020 collection, we looked to the home of our founder Kenzo Takada, and more specifically to the surrounding seas of Japan where groups of strong, tenacious and modern-day super-heroes plunge daily to retrieve treasures at the bottom of the ocean. The Ama are groups of Japanese female free divers, who, for over 2000 years have dived to the ocean floor to forage for seafood such as shrimp, urchins or even pearls for their communities. They train from their beginnings as teenagers, taught by their predecessors who can dive well into their 70s. Due to breath training, Ama can stay underwater for significant amounts of time in one go. Over time their numbers have declined, and these intrepid fisherwomen can now only be found sporadically in pockets along the Japanese coastlines. Withstanding harsh and sometimes freezing temperatures, they have become known as the last mermaids.
Carol Lim & Humberto Leon
For the Spring-Summer 2020 show, directors Partel Oliva built a strange architecture where space is reconfigured in dramatic ways.
Seascapes with stretched-out suns from photographer Yamazaki Hiroshi’s ‘Heliography’ and ‘Horizon’ series are stitched into a monumental landscape. Through long exposure, the Japanese photographer charted the course of the sun over the ocean, a picture of time itself. Guadeloupean choreographer Léo Lérus
imagined a retrospective procession of looks from Carol & Humberto’s tenure at KENZO from 2012 to now. Parallel to the current collections, figures plucked out of the stream of fashion pay homage to the history of the house, as if time flowed in both directions at once.
A special live performance by Solange.
Louise Bille, Dalila Cortes, Eliane Edou, Nikita Goile, Mai Ishiwata, Xiaoyi Liu, Sorna Ndoye, Katherine Collings, Robin Fabre, Simon Feltz, Arnaud Bacharach, Tom Grand Mourcel, Salomon, Mpondo Dicka, Josh Johnson, Tania Dimbelolo, Joël Luzolo
Concept and scenography by Partel Oliva
Production by Back of the House
Venue ACCORHOTELS ARENA
Casting by 1979 SERVICES
Make up by Nami Yoshida and the M·A·C PRO team
Hair by HOLLI SMITH for L’Oréal Paris, Hair products provided by L’Oréal Paris
Nails by Naomi YASUDA for L’Oréal Paris, Nails products provided by L’Oréal Paris
Skincare by Embryolisse
Music and performance by SOLANGE
Choreography by Leo Lerus
Asst. choreography by Micheal German