Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I came across this Kenzo pattern a few weeks back, and fell in love with it. It's got a certain Sherlock Holmes vibe to it, but it's that huge hem that sells it.
Kenzo was the one who brought Japanese fashion to the world, and he did it with a lot of hard work. His parents didn't support his dream, so he worked and went to fashion school, purchasing his fabric at flea markets. Perhaps this is how he became so adept at patterns and prints, but the thing I find fascinating is that he liked a large silhouette -- something evident here.
Granted, this was the 70s, and disco was in full bloom, but this cape definitely doesn't say disco. Cruise around on the web, and you'll see that Kenzo's fashion meant a lot of flowing loose styles, but with details like gathering and grommets that make loose look fashionable instead of frumpy. Kenzo definitely was true to himself in dancing to his own drummer. But if it meant creating beauties like this, it's just fine with me.