Kenzo Presents Futuristic Hiking Gear for Resort 2013

When Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim took over Kenzo last year, I knew that the French fashion house was in for an exciting treat. After all, the OC founders were partially responsible for launching the careers of Rodarte and Proenza Schouler—two brands that have expertly managed to reach mainstream audiences without losing cult-status appeal. For Kenzo, Leon and Lim are trying to do just the opposite: infuse new cool into a globally recognized brand. They do it well for resort 2013. 

Similar to what we saw in resort 2012, Kenzo is heavy on the pattern play for their after-spring-but-before-fall phase. But rather than opt for pop hues, the brand takes inspiration from the earthy and jewel-toned color palettes found in trekking attire and punches them up with mismatched jumbles of prints. Volume also plays a heavy part in this collection, courtesy of intentionally bulky outerwear and A-line dresses, as does function.

Besides the ridiculously killer footwear (those hiking boots and snakeskin platforms are sure to instantly sell out), collection highlights include a transformable jacket that can go from mid-length to cropped in one zip, drawstring pants (in a cool way), a baroque-meets-camo pantsuit and a bag that features a built-in iPad case. See the complete collection here

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