PARIS--Kenzo isn't a buzzy brand, at least in the United States, but it is an important one. On Tuesday night, I attended the the label's colorful 40th Anniversary show. It included looks from creative director Antonio Marras' Spring 2011 collection, as well as an homage to the brand's history, with a stage of models dressed up like Babushka dolls in pieces from the archive.
Kenzo Takada, the founder of the brand, was educated at Bunka in Japan and moved to Paris in the mid-'60s. He was one of the first designers to use models of difference races on the catwalk, and his first success came from garments made out of scraps of African textiles he found at Parisian flea markets.
Click through for a couple images of clothes from the archives, as well as a couple from the spring collection.
A look from the archives.
Another look from the archives.