Kenzo has built up a bit of a cult following on social media, largely thanks to its Instagram-worthy shows, now iconic sweaters and instantly recogniseable prints. And, unless we’re mistaken, we’ll be seeing the brand’s most recent offering on street style blogs galore come AW15, thanks to a mix of sporty stripes and floral jacquards, trapeze ponchos, flashes of neon and those suits. We reckon the accessories alone- including snake print boots and acid yellow handbags- will have a waiting list as long as our arm.
There was one element of the show, however, that really caught our eye. With our spring wardrobes in mind, we were more than a bit excited at the sight of Kenzo’s longer length skirts. Perfect for the tricky in-between period as we wait for warmer weather but can’t quite shake off the chill, maxi skirts are without doubt a genius solution to this trans-seasonal dilemma. And, even more excitingly, Kenzo showed us just how to re-spin them for right now, giving them a cool new update with handkerchief hems and slouchy silhouettes that are daytime appropriate.
There were asymmetric, sports-inspired skirts, bold pleats teamed with silky sweaters and billowing silk skirts that felt everday thanks to a drop-waist and ankle boots. Oversized, shearling coats were paired with chiffon maxis, while blanket shawls were wrapped around striped, handkerchief dresses. Slouchy tees were tucked into metallic lengths and some skirts were even worn with tunics almost as long. In short, it was a masterclass in the maxi, and how to make it work in your wardrobe.
As a result, we’re going to be wearing ours to work, at the weekend and pretty much eveywhere in between, such is the versatile power of these beauties. Luckily, the high street has enough options to cover all eventualities. Work a bold coloured skirt with a crisp white shirt and smart flats for the office, or opt for a jersey style with oversized knit and trainers for off-duty ease. We’ll even be working a high-waisted version with a printed crop top for a new approach to after-dark dressing.
See what we mean? There’s literally nothing these mega maxis can’t do. Looks like Kenzo just won over our wardrobes…
By Hannah Banks-Walker