IT’S not just Vivienne Westwood who works the campaign trail onto her catwalk – Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are doing their bit to save the planet too. They were reminding us that there is just one planet, no back-up, no plan B. “Protect what is precious” was their instruction.
On the catwalk and there wasn’t necessarily an obvious sustainable conversation but there was an ongoing one with their penchant for skatewear – maxed out, in fact, when it came to proportions. Skater trousers came supremely baggy and palazzo style, shirts big too and shapes mostly enveloping – but in something of a surprisingly serene way. And that was down to the colour palette: pinks, mauve, icy blue, white and white.
But while the collection started out in those skate roots, it soon escalated into something altogether more polished from this duo. Still youthful, still energetic but elegant suddenly became an adjective that hopped into their fashion vocabulary.