Breaking news: Kenzo x H&M's complete lookbook is here
The tiger tribe
After a long wait between teasers and sneak peeks, the entire lookbook of the designer collaboration line has just been released. Lensed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch, the diverse cast of zesty talents and creative ambassadors include the likes of writer-activist Amy Sall, photographer Youngjun Koo, artist-DJ Juliana Huxtable, musician-performance artist Oko Ebombo, fashion editor Harriet Verney, make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench, artist Ingrid, musician Anna of the North, model-rapper Le1f, as well as models Mae Lapres, Hao Liu, Selena Forrest, Tom Gaskin, Julia Banas and Pierre Painchaud.
"They're people we admire, icons in their own fields, people who are influential beyond their fashion sensibility," Humberto Leon — half of the Kenzo creative duo alongside Carol Lim — told Vogue on their choice of eclectic global cast. On 19 October, Leon and Lim are set to officially unveil their collaboration in New York before dropping the collection in 250 H&M stores around the world come 3 November.
As for the collection itself, the line between the great Kenzo of bygone days and the bold Kenzo of today is blurred. "The idea is to celebrate where Kenzo Takada began and where we've taken it — not only the archive of what he did but what we've worked on," Leon explained. "We're taking a look at how the two can merge in a true conversation." Start listing your favourites among the clashing stripes to secure your dibs sans frantic hesitation, because we're predicting a crazed out crowd of overnight campers and mile-long queues.
The Kenzo x H&M collection will be available at H&M Orchard Building and H&M Ion Orchard, as well as online, from 3 November.