ARTICLE NATASHA STAGG
For this short film made to "convey the atmosphere and themes of our Spring 2014 collections for men and women," Kenzo's creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon collaborated with director Hala Matar and actors Anton Yelchin and Lydia Hearst. The narrative is a confusing one, leading the viewer through a dream, or perhaps it's a few flashbacks, or maybe it's all part of a movie being filmed on a soundstage. Immediately, that this is a fashion film is forgotten (that's a good thing), and when the clothing stands out, it's because it is lovely on the characters, not because it is forced into view. Since their appointment at Kenzo, Lim and Leon have used the line as a platform to explore nostalgia, vacationing, cinema—the places where the mind can wander carelessly. This isn't a world of fantasy. Even when we're supposedly allowed to shut down our brains, this act usually leads to trouble. Kenzo's clothing is nostalgic, but aware of the consequences of nostalgia. In this film, and in recent collections, these are the apparent themes being explored: time spent away from one's real life, and the impossibilty of that concept.