Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim Take on Paris Fashion Week with Kenzo

Kanye West isn’t the only American people are talking about at Paris Fashion Week. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim sent their looks for Kenzo down the runway today, just two months after taking over for creative director Antonio Marras. Charged with reinvigorating the brand which reached popularity in the 1970s, it looks like they succeeded. Unlike the mixed response for the rapper’s line, the general consensus seems to be positive. If you like Opening Ceremony, you’ll agree.

Instead of opting for the traditional runway show, the clothes were shown off in a shady garden with a presentation every fifteen minutes. The new collection features bright graphic patterns, long-visored baseball caps, wrap dresses, short printed silk skirts, clashing patterns, and reversible pieces. A brunette Chloe Sevigny, who is omnipresent when it comes to all Leon and Lim’s projects, strutted down in a blue jumpsuit, as attendees such as Jason Schwartzman looked on.

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The duo said they drew inspiration from US painter Ellsworth Kelly, who lived in Paris in the 1950s, for a look that fused “American style and street wear with an effortless Parisian spirit.”

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The early reviews are good.

“The youth market is generally regarded as the holy grail for many top labels, and with Sunday’s spring-summer 2012 collection Leon and Lim marked their start of their quest to capture it.” –Washington Post

“Leon and Lim today injected a shot of excitement into Kenzo, even if most of it was emanating from the converted. And with the success of Opening Ceremony these two, despite their lack of design pedigree, have already shown they know their retail onions – finding clothes that the cool set adore – and have a playful, Kenzo-friendly attitude to boot. Kenzo might just be on the up.” –Telegraph

The full collection can be seen here.

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