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At Kenzo, The Living Is Easy

By Timothy Hagy

PARIS, July 4, 2005 - The Kenzo Homme collection was shown on a rainy Monday morning in the spacious Atelier Richelieu where white lawn chairs framed the walls, and trays laden with strawberries, apricots and strong café filtré awaited guests.

Models with hair slicked back meandered around long rows of editors and buyers.

Inspired by sportswear of the 20s and 30s, the collection mixed together various ethnic motifs - South American prints, Asian kimono stitching, and Spanish toreador sashes to come out light and carefree.

From stylized prints to colorfully lined jackets, to a pale raspberry trench coat slashed off at the waist, the clothes mirrored the soundtrack “Summertime and the Living is Easy”.

Program notes described the look as “nonchalant elegance”, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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