FALL 2021 MENSWEAR
Kenzo FW21 is a Celebration not just a collection.
Felipe Oliveira Baptista explores the archive for this season, presenting motion, color, volume and everything Kenzo Takada loved.
The film, directed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch, is a study of the clothes in movement, inspired from watching the (recently restored) videos of Kenzo’s shows from 1978 until 1985. Seeing the garments in movement and realising the diversity of the colour palette gave a totally new perspective into the founder’s world.
Kenzo’s FW21 collection is a celebration of all the things Takada loved, reimagined by Baptista’s respect for the archive and carrying on the memory of the late designer.
Oliveira Baptista was given access to footage of all the old Kenzo shows, which had been undergoing restoration at the time of his arrival. “In the first two seasons, I had only seen the photos and the clothes themselves, so I was struck by the magic of the shows: the intuition, the freedom, how the clothes were always moving. It made me want to portray the movement, the comfort, and the freedom these clothes give you. That’s very much what Kenzo stood for,” he explained. All those things felt like good timing for a post-lockdown proposal.
Kenzo Autumn Winter 2021 ready-to-wear collection is an homage to the late brand’s founder Kenzo Takada that passed away on October the 4th 2020.
The news was abrupt, sudden and unexpected.