For his second collection for Kenzo this season, set in the rose garden of the Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris in the 5th arrondissement, Felipe Oliveira Baptista wanted to talk about his narrative of wanderlust, optimism and protection, while dialing up the utility features of his enveloping silhouettes.
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In a season where security and sheltering having been the key themes to have emerged from this pandemic, half the cast at Kenzo wore head-nets in this co-ed show, along with protective tunics and cloaks, while others paraded in light parkas, knit shift dresses, Ikat style windcheaters, safari jackets with multiple industrial looking pockets for men; or techy knit and lace cocktails with cut-outs and see-through slickers over Lycra jumpsuits for women.
After oddly somber debut show in February, Oliveira Baptista injected this season bold colors, a central element of the Kenzo DNA, crisp and light fabrics, blurred floral prints, the functional and transformable features of clothes and outdoorsy spirit. The collection had a breezy and appealing mood.
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