Sitting high at the top of my wish list is the new Kenzo book, a retrospective of Kenzo Takada and Antonio Marras’s work that delves into the history of Takada and the brand along with the current influences and inspirations of Antonio Marras. The Spring collection left me speechless and overcome with emotion. Marras took elements of Japan and turned out kimono-inspired dresses, geisha-like platforms, a dreamy color palette and flowy silhouettes embellished in flora and fauna. But what really had me floored was the second half of the show, inspired by the artist Nick Cave. Layer upon layer of archive pieces were mixed with Marras’s own designs, creating a sort of Renaissance performance reminding me of babushka dolls, Peruvian Highlanders, and gypsy brides. I loved every single thing about it. The drama, the color, the textures, the layering, the accessories, the performance of it all. This one goes down in the books.
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