Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Story Behind Karen O and Kenzo’s New Collaboration.

When Kenzo’s co-creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon started thinking about out-of-the-box ways to bring their Spring 2018 campaign to life, it’s no surprise that they turned to Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman and longtime friend Karen O for a soundtrack. The pair has a long history of tapping their supremely talented female friends—Lauryn Hill’s surprise performance at the Kenzo showlast February springs to mind. “We’ve kind of always wanted to collaborate on something but never really figured it out,” says O.

The new audiovisual project stems from the imaginary romance between the muses who inspired Kenzo’s latest collection—pioneering model Sayoko Yamaguchi (one of Kenzo Takada’s primary muses in the 1970s) and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (one of the cofounders of the highly influential electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra). Director Ana Lily Amirpour, who made A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), which she called an “Iranian vampire spaghetti Western,” developed the story with O (who also makes a cheeky cameo in the film as a photo assistant) based on Lim and Leon’s obsessions with the two Japanese icons. “When I first brought [the project] to Ana Lily I had about 100 ideas, and she distilled them down to something that’s actually quite elegant and simple.” The nine-minute film depicts a photographer (played by Alex Zhang Hungtai, formerly of Dirty Beaches) as he charts the wave of emotions that come from his unrequited feelings towards a muse, all while showcasing Kenzo’s vibrant new collection of clothes, of course.

By Rachel Hahn.

Full story at Vogue.

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