Paris Fashion Week: It's aloha part deux at Kenzo
The aloha spirit was celebrated in a big way for the second time during Paris Fashion Week (the first was Jean Paul Gaultier), with Kenzo's spring and summer 2012 collection that was overflowing with Hawaiian floral prints (some hand-painted) that covered shirts, shorts, trousers and light jackets.
What wasn't festooned with flora was popping with bright color -- fuschia, bright green, electric blue and smiley-face yellow, with a few gray and more subtle shades of blue thrown in as well. (My favorite of these more subdued pieces was a blazer done in light blue oxford cloth shirting fabric.)
Set to a soundtrack of classic Beach Boys tunes, the collection was inspired by the carefree inhabitants of Slim Aarons photographs of the '60s, not just on Hawaiian holiday, but kicking back and relaxing in the French Riviera, Palm Springs and the Mediterranean islands as well.
The models' final spin on the catwalk was accompanied by baseball-sized soap bubbles (decidedly not tiny bubbles, in case there are any Don Ho fans out there) floating lazily down from above.
It was the perfect metaphor for the light, leisurely, of-the-moment collection.
Good vibrations indeed.
-- Adam Tschorn in Paris
Photos: Looks from the Kenzo spring / summer 2012 collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Thibault Camus / Associated Press