Kenzo's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are always known for pushing their creative boundaries when it comes to presenting new collections or products. When Kenzo released a fragrance, Leon and Lim teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Spike Jonze to create an insane — and also award-winning — music video starring Margaret Qualley. For its collaboration with H&M, Kenzo hosted a vibrant, musical runway show with dancers and a full drum line. But it's short fashion films that seem to be Leon and Lim's forte, and every campaign season, we excitedly await how the duo will artistically and entertainingly visualize their latest collection.
For Spring 2018, "Yo! My Saint" is the latest project to be released by the French fashion house, combining its latest runway collection with film and original music by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, known for "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," the film builds on Lim and Leon's inspiration — Kenzo Takada's muse and model Sayoko Yamaguchi and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto — and features an all-Asian cast, similarly to Kenzo's runway lineup from its show last June.
"Yo! My Saint" follows actor Alex Zhang Hungtai, who plays a photographer, and Jessica Henwick and Kiko Mizuhara, his models and muses. The film is melodramatic and romantic with a feeling of unrequited love, and Karen O's new, original song of the same title follows this theme with melodic peaks and valleys that range from a striking crescendo to a calming lullaby. In addition to the film's release, Karen O's work will be available to stream around the world starting Jan. 11, along with a limited-edition vinyl to purchase on both Kenzo's and Karen O's websites later this month.
Watch "Yo! My Saint" in the video above and see the Spring 2018 campaign imagery in the gallery below.