Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dance party and K-pop energy

- RIA FRANCISCO-PRIETO

We have come to terms with the fact that the world we are seeing today is a completely new one. There are a lot of big changes going on, and there is no way about it except to accept and adapt to them. Doing otherwise would only limit our potential.

This is what I’ve seen on the Fall-Winter runways. Kenzo recently presented its latest collection—the first one after the passing of founder Kenzo Takada.

The brand’s creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista writes in the show notes: “Kenzo Takada passed away on Oct. 4, 2020. The news was abrupt, sudden and unexpected . . . Our acquaintan­ce was brief, neverthele­ss, it felt like I lost someone close to me.

“The following Monday, I was back at work, still numb from the recent shock. Time to start working on the next collection. Where to start? How to transform the grieving into something positive, joyful, free? I knew only one thing. I did not want it to be a tribute, but rather a celebratio­n. A celebratio­n of the man, his work and incredible vision.

“Nothing new could come out of just a polite and reverentia­l look back at Kenzo’s amazing legacy. Space must be allowed for intuition, instinct, surprises and accidents. Nothing new can be achieved without these.”

The product was a dance party film featuring silhouette­s that push convention, a proper tribute to Kenzo, who came on the fashion scene to do away with the usual. Oversized pieces, loud colors and unique creations that gave freedom of movement is what you’ll get. It’s something exciting and would definitely drive much of the editorial looks we will be seeing.

Cultural energy

Dior presented its ready-towear 2021 collection this week in Shanghai. Of the city, it’s been noted that it has a “kind of cultural energy Monsieur Dior loved.” In 2020, the Long Museum West Bund hosted the exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.”

Taking off from this energy, Maria Grazia Chiuri elevated things with “a range of themes, and revisits the Dior vocabulary with a transversa­l pop aesthetic, from Richard Hamilton’s English Pop to the rather acidic New Futurism of Marco Lodola.”

Chiuri also looked to K-pop sensation Blackpink with “celebratin­g fashion as an affirmatio­n of individual­ity; fashion, they assert, definitive­ly gives them as much power as music.”

Hence, you will be treated with a phantasmag­oria of materials, colors and shapes, including icons and must-haves such as the revisited Bar jacket, the anorak, the blouse, little dresses and coats.

What will all these nice garments be without nice shoes? Giuseppe Zanotti continues to be a staple for celebritie­s, whether it be for their high-production shows or just for days at home.

Sofia Vergara was spotted with the Nausicaa pink satin mule with tulle detailing, while

Katy Perry wore the Anastasya black leather lace-up sandal with gold heel to match her all-black look on “American Idol.” Both styles feature in the Spring-Summer 2021 collection, just in case you’re looking for a range of shoes that will help you step into the future, no matter how you define it.

It was a proper tribute to Kenzo, who came on the fashion scene to do away with the usual

 ??  ?? #KenzoAlway­s
#KenzoAlway­s
 ??  ?? Dior doesn’t shy away from color.
Dior doesn’t shy away from color.
 ??  ?? Dior in Shanghai
Dior in Shanghai
 ??  ?? Always unconventi­onal and fun with Kenzo
Always unconventi­onal and fun with Kenzo
 ??  ?? Sofia Vergara in Zanotti shoes
Sofia Vergara in Zanotti shoes
 ??  ?? Katy Perry in Zanotti shoes
Katy Perry in Zanotti shoes
 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines