Kenzo takes it to a whole new level when the brand pairs its creative prints with the stunning stage visuals on the runway.

Normally the action at Paris fashion shows is provided by the models -- but at Kenzo's event Sunday,towering monoliths danced a technical ballet that literally overshadowed the collection on the catwalk.

Seven giant two-storey-high blocks moved around on hidden wheels, apparently guided by computers, in a vast industrial hall in northwest Paris as the brand's collection paraded around them.

The idea was a forest -- but a technological one, befitting the 21st century and Kenzo's autumn collection featuring mostly dark colours offset with lateral or diagonal stripes and complex floral prints.

"We wanted the women to feel like they were dancing with these trees in this forest," said Humberto Leon, co-designer with Carol Lim.

"We wanted to give the season an interpretation that was ours. So we almost wanted to sum up this amazing imagery that the house owns and kind of show it in a way that we think is 2015," he said.

The overall impression of the collection was of ethnic modernity, a little bit masculine, with touches of Peruvian and Japanese traditional dress thrown in.


(Source: AFP Relaxnews; Photos: Kenzo)

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