Lore of the Jun­gle

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When Ja­panese-French fash­ion de­signer Kenzo Takada opened his fi rst bou­tique in Paris in 1970, he named it Jun­gle Jap in trib­ute to the ex­otic art of the French postim­pres­sion­ist Henri Rousseau. Nearly half a cen­tury later, cre­ative di­rec­tors Hum­berto Leon and Carol Lim have paid homage to Rousseau’s paint­ing The Dream, a sur­real de­pic­tion of a nude woman re­clin­ing on a sofa sur­rounded by lush green­ery and an­i­mals from the jun­gle, in Kenzo La Col­lec­tion Me­mento N°3 for au­tumn/win­ter 2018. The vi­brant palette and ab­sur­dist im­agery of the artist and the la­bel’s ar­chives were the foun­da­tions of this out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of wear­able art, which in­cludes archival jacquard trousers, jack­ets, shear­ling coats, ruf­fled skirts, cable knit jumpers and tops dec­o­rated with jun­gle scenes and de­tails from the paint­ing. For pure pop flower power, there’s even a full-length ta­pes­try pon­cho that recre­ates Rousseau’s fo­liage. In re­viv­ing Rousseau’s hot-house imag­i­na­tion, the col­lec­tion brings wildlife into the ur­ban jun­gle.

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