[K]ENZO have always been innovative boundary breakers: supporting rising talents, displaying up-and-comers works, and creating innovative designs as well as ways to showcase them. Having previously created unique campaigns for their collections and products, their KENZO World fragrance film was shot by Her director Spike Jonze and features Margaret Qualley dancing a mad solo. For their FW17 collection, KENZO have decided to start off their own short film series. Collaborating with three young filmmakers – Mati Diop, Baptist Penetticobra and Eduardo Williams – working with them as they “express a singular relationship with the world”, which is the theme of the new season. KENZO explained that “these filmmakers are part of a generation who is more and more concerned about the frailty of a planet which contours erode to the contact of intensive activities and ecological disasters.”
The films focus on personal journeys made across the world, and “remind us of the roots of our dear attachment to the world and suggest that there are dimensions that have yet to be explored”. First, Mati Diop’s Olympe comes from Paris, where he describes using the collection for his creative aim: “the clothes are thought of extensively but remain invisible. They participate in the embodiment of the characters, it’s an extension of the writing to me”. See the first film below.