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Why haven’t I looked into this designer more in depth?

Takada Kenzo

Takada Kenzo

I was randomly doing some research on Japanese fashion. I found a website with a mass of information on Japanese fashion designers. A name that I have heard before popped up on the screen. Something sparked my interest and I decided to check it out. The name of the designer collection is called Kenzo. The originator of the line is named Kenzo Takada, he was an educated designer who studied at Bunka School of Fashion. After moving to Paris, France in 1964, he worked for a variety of different designers. Four years after that he opened up his own business. “Kenzo is famous for his combinations of plaids, flowers, checks and stripes. He combined scraps of fabrics he found at the flea market in Paris and scraps of Japanese fabrics. This was only because he could not afford to buy fabrics in yards or bolts. Kenzo made a stylistic contribution to the West as there was something Japanese in the way he reconstructed Western clothing. His designs have changed over the years, but many of his distinctive characteristics were never lost. The mixing of colors and fabrics and the quilting technique he used were all rooted in Japanese traditions. He realized that the ‘exotic’ elements were attractive to the French public, so he began to look elsewhere for other ethnic cultures. He also used straight lines without any darts and square shapes all which were derived from kimono that does not have any curves. Although he kept the Western conventions of the clothing system which would later be shattered by avant-garde Japanese designers, it was Kenzo who paved the way for other Japanese designers to come to Paris.” (1) In 1999 Kenzo left the design house. In 2003 Antonio Marras took over the designing of Kenzo.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

I can’t explain why I love this designer house so much. Honestly I think it’s because it has pretty colors. The fabrics I think are absolutely amazing! I love the abundance of flowers printed on the garments. The unique use of colored sequins. I like the unique use of geometric shapes. I also like the different patterns and methods of placing shapes on the garments. Here is the latest collection.

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008

Kenzo Summer Spring 2008 Collection

Kenzo Summer Spring 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

This designer line I think has a relevance to Japanese culture. The Kimono style of dress is still prevalent in the collection. The use of floral patterns on the garments. The structure of the garments with a high neck line and the seamless sleeves. I think that Antonio Marras has done a great job in keeping with the original aesthetic of Kenzo’s line. Even though it’s designed in Europe, it still has the qualities of a Japanese inspired brand. I personally have a newfound enthusiasm for the brand. I’ll have to check it out more often.

1)http://www.throughthesurface.com/symposium/kawamura.html

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The cycle of fashion hits again…

We all know that what comes around in fashion always comes back. Thinking about that we look to a current trend the Maxi Skirt/Dress. It was a popular favorite with the hippies who liked the length and ethnic prints. Highly popularized in the 1970’s it became a high fashion thanks to Yves Saint Laurent. Now looking back in the history of costume. Although the lengths of skirts and dresses have changed rapidly over the history of costume. A example of that is the traditional Assyrian garb,

Assyrian Clothing

Assyrian Clothing

Also looking toward the Victorian era as a good example.

Victorian Floor Length Dress

Victorian Floor Length Dress

During the late 1960’s and the 1970’s the maxi dress/skirt was in it’s prime. I found some vintage Maxi Dresses. They are varied in size, shape and fabrication. The dresses reflect the spirit of the 1970’s. The influence of the hippies. Also the influence of the disco halls. There is also the high fashion influence too. Many designers embraced this style of dress and made it their own.

Vintage Maxi Dress

Vintage Maxi Dress

Betsey Johnson Dress

Betsey Johnson Dress

Jack Bryan Dress

Jack Bryan Dress

Now looking at today’s fashion. The Maxi Dress is back for the summer with a vengeance. The 1970’s are back in fashion. We have seen these styles bloom over at the fashion shows. Not only for summer but the winter is also seeing a lot of 1970’s influences. The looks for the Maxi Dresses today have many fabrics and patterns.

Vince Womens

Vince Womens

Elie Tahari

Elie Tahari

A great force in popularizing the Maxi Dress have been the celebrities seen wearing them in tabloid photos. I think that celebrities will always have a great influence on fashion. Their influence will continue to help shape the fashion cycle as it goes on.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Milla Jovoich

Milla Jovoich

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http://www.vintage70sclothing.com/Dresses/70smaxidress01.htm

www.Bloomingdales.com

http://www.fashion-era.com/ancient_costume/assyrian_clothing_pictures_assur.htm

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A look at the past at the Fall/Winter 2008 Fashion Shows

When I was reviewing the fashion shows for Fall/Winter 2008 I noticed a trend. Many of the Designers that showed outside of the United States had an underlying theme of looking toward the past. With that in mind the designers also adapted the fashion from the past and turned it into something modern and chic. Some of the most noticeable themes had to do with the 1960’s and 1970’s fashion that was popularized.

Moschino was shown in Milan, Italy. A Style.com reviewer described the line as “Jardini went sixties girly, from the models’ curly mop tops right on down to their patent Mary Janes. She added gold sequined embroidery to ombré mohair minidresses, whipped Milan’s de rigueur leopard print into trenches and short dresses with tiers of stiff ruffles, and discovered the many uses of black silk fringe. The latter turned up, among other places, on a three-button coat and on the pant legs of a V-neck jumpsuit.”

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Another show that had the trend of looking toward the past was Christian Dior. It was shown in Paris, France. A reviwer from Style.com, describes this line as ” It involved boxy jackets worn with A-line skirts and detailed with standaway collars and covered buttons; luxe minks and chinchillas cut in horizontal bands; Dior houndstooth checks bound with black patent edgings; a few rounded-off, overlapping mid-century geometric prints; and bejeweled bubble dresses for evening.”

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The collection for Dolce & Gabbana had a vibe resembling the 70’s. It was shown in Milan Italy. A reviewer form Style.com say’s ” Whatever else happens in Milan, you can count on Dolce & Gabbana to put on the glossiest high-production, total-conviction, proper old-school show in town. This season, they hit on a device for merging the feeling for longer lengths with tailoring and “country” fabrications: the midi-skirt moment, circa early-seventies London. A remix of David Bowie’s greatest hits was on the soundtrack as the girls pounded out in curly haired gilets, flat caps, poor-boy sweaters, country-check shirts, printed silk scarves, and dozens of tweedy skirts, gathered into the waist and hitting at mid-calf.”

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As the saying goes, what goes out of Fashion will always come back. Look toward the past and maybe we will see similar fashions based off today’s current trends.

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