The Kenzo H&M collab has been in the works for some time and understandably there has been some buzz leading up to its November release. We have finally been blessed with a sneak peak of shots by photographer Oliver Hadlee Pearch, straight from their lookbook and the bold colours and prints of the French fashion label is on full display. What sets this collection apart isn’t just the blend of colours, prints and styles but the figures on which they sit upon.
Opting to use artists and activists instead of traditional ‘models’, the three images from the collection so far feature Oko Ebombo, a Parisian-based musician and performance artists and front-man of the band 19; Isamaya French, make-up artist and member of the collective, Theo Adams Company based in London; Amy Sall, student, activist and founder of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics based in New York; and finally Juliana Huxtable, artist, poet and DJ also based in New York.
I’m expecting the tabi socks and flip-flops look to take off this summer and, to be honest, I can kind of see myself rocking that tiger printed cap too. We’ll keep you posted as things develop and make sure to grab your favourite Kenzo x H&M proddy when it drops.
- Words: Bolaji Teniola