The French house celebrates the new arrival of Mowgli and co.

Bold knits, rainbow prints and a catalogue of nature based motifs, Kenzo’s latest capsule collection – produced in homage to the forthcoming reboot of Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ – is a characteristically busy affair.

“What we found most appealing for this project,” note creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, “was to marry strong Jungle Book elements with details that we know as quintessential Kenzo. There’s a way that everything comes together that is slightly familiar but also really fresh and exciting.”

Rejecting the elaborate tiger stripes that made an appearance in the label’s recent AW16 show, the collection taps into the original Jungle Book illustrations, acquired by the pair as part of the preliminary research.  

The accompanying look book, pictured above, was art directed by none other than Isamaya Ffrench – the London make-up artist with an abstract sensibility – and shot by Priscilla Saada; Max Pearmain styles.

“The silhouettes we chose for the garments and accessories were inspired by the new direction Disney has taken with the live-action movie,” continue Lim and Leon of their efforts. “There is a slight nod to jungle/safari elements (and even beautiful printed silk shorts directly inspired by Mowgli’s costume). Everything has been executed in a way that feels elevated and modern which has been the collective goal of Disney and Kenzo from the very beginning of this collection.”

Dropping in-store and online later this week (the movie has a release date of 15th April), this is the first time the Parisian fashion house has worked with Disney, and follows previous collaborations with Vans and the director Sean Baker.


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