Kenzo rocked the casbah on Wednesday with an alluring spring-summer 2010 ready-to-wear collection that looked to North Africa for inspiration,as The Clash’s iconic hit blasted overhead.
Designer Antonio Marras – a wanderlust-struck Italian who takes his inspiration from a new country or culture for every collection – was basking in the Saharan sun this time around. He delivered light,caftan-inspired sundresses,wrapped shirts and halter top jumpers in Islamic tile prints and paired shimmering,sequin-covered blazers with chic,cropped harem pants and travel-ready totes.
It was a far cry from last season’s icy Russian-inspired collection,but Marras managed to put a North African twist on the patterned knit sweaters that have become one of the hallmarks of the house – which was founded by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada and is now owned by luxury giant LVMH.
Kenzo’s runway shows are always a spectacle and Wednesday’s was no exception. Models in the blue,white and brown dresses and metallic jumpsuits – an appealing jumble of scarves and chain necklaces wound round their necks – descended the long,narrow runway,which was strung with long gold strings representing,it became clear,rays of the sun.
A massive circle made of gold foil burst into thousands of confetti pieces at the end of the show,as models sporting jumpers made from saturated pastel chiffon,their hair swathed in a rainbow of scarves,marched down the runway.
Just watching the show was enough to make you itch for a Saharan getaway.