La Collection Memento N°4: Kenzo’s Tiger Jumps Back to the Future

For the fourth edition of KENZO – La Collection Memento is dedicated to revisiting the house’s archives.
As with each KENZO – La Collection Memento, the house selected to reinvigorate a different element from the archives of the time of our house’s founder Kenzo Takada.

For KENZO – La Collection Memento N°1 they focused on florals and ruffles, number two was an ode to the launch of Kenzo Jeans and for the third edition we brought attention back to some of our founders’ terrific knitwear. For KENZO – La Collection Memento N°4, brings on volume of creatively and inspired printed pieces.

For this collection they have decided to put the spotlight on some of the house’s most vivid and diverse prints and graphics. Key printed pieces, instantly identifiable as KENZO, are at the core of this collection. Historical icons such as the tiger appear in a multitude of expressions.Leading the way is their collection of cotton pieces featuring hyper real painted tomatoes in either red or yellow which first made an appearance in KENZO’s Spring-Summer 1992 men’s collection. For men they are featured on shirts and shorts. For women we also worked the print onto short sleeve archival smock dresses and mesh shirts.

KENZO’s dedication to the tiger, a symbol of strength and power is ever present. Photo-realistic airbrushed tigers (men’s Spring-Summer 1991 collection) appear in dual color ways of blue or tan and appear on varying tee shirts, sweaters or shirts in cotton poplin for men and women. The brand also introduce the “running tiger” motif in gold and burgundy for shirts and shorts for the first time.

Their now iconic “jumping tiger” (women’s Fall-Winter 83) appears again on the back of our updated “Jungle” bomber jacket with cotton-canvas leopard print sleeves. Leopard prints abound on our collection of shirts, dresses, and knitted tops and skirts.

The ultra-graphic “K” motif appears (women’s Spring-Summer 1992 collection) in bi-colored skirts and dresses. Complimenting the printed pieces are light cotton gabardine trousers and jackets in green or black.

The exciting re-edition of prints also makes its way to accessories and revitalises KENZO’s already successful line of bags –bumbags, backpacks, totes and the reversible “Knot” bag – as well as on caps and slip on trainers.”

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