Having been collaborators from 1987 – 1999, Issey Miyake and Irving Penn were able to bring out the best in each other’s work. Miyake has a supernatural ability to create pieces of clothing that transform the wearer into exotic and alluring beasts. Penn is a photographer that can tame these beasts into photographable masterpieces. Their work together was a journey into a phantasm, where human and clothing fused together into something far headier.
Design Sight in Tokyo will be putting on a brilliant show of their work together, investigating this unique relationship and the pieces produced during those years. Expect a magical leap into an alien collection of images that will make Avatar seem like child’s play. On from September 16th, 2011, to April 8, 2012.
Women’s Wear Daily announced that Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the power duo behind the wildly-successful Opening Ceremony brand, will show their first collection for the 41-year-old fashion house of Kenzo for S/S ’12. Known for a discerning taste that spans from eclectic to avante-garde, the Leon-Lim duo is well positioned to build upon the Kenzo philosophy.
I’m super stoked to see what these two will bring to the label, hopefully using their roles as co-creative directors to inject some much-needed new life into this venerable fashion house. They may not be designers per se, but it’s clear they’re talented merchants, editing and presenting only the most covetable merchandise in their Opening Ceremony mix. It doesn’t hurt that Opening Ceremony has a near-cult-like following. Undoubtedly LVMH was thinking the same.
Keeping my eyes open for more to come…
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Anna Paula Goncalves
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