Kenzo: RTW Fall 2009

Posted on March 14, 2009

Russian influences have been much in evidence during Paris Fashion Week. Antonio Marras for Kenzo told Hilary Alexander of The Telegraph that he had a very specific inspiration for the Kenzo Fall 2009 ready to wear collection. He says he imagined a young girl during the Russian Revolution who managed to emigrate to Paris. When she leaves, she packs up her trunk with traditional Russian clothing -- dirndle skirks, smocks, peasant shirts and Russian jewelry. When she gets to Paris, her style changes and becomes more French. Eventually the styles merge. The result is Russian styled jackets, dresses and coats but with a French twist. Antonio used some geometric prints from the 1970 archives of the line's founder, Kenzo Takada. The palette was mostly olive, deep red, grey and cream, with lots of embellishment, pattern and color. Take a look: