"I tried to imagine what would happen if different minorities from all over the world met across time and space," said Gilles Rosier about his first solo collection for Kenzo. For his fast-paced, visually arresting show, Rosier reworked classic Kenzo favoritesloose shapes, colorful prints and patternsinto urban, modern looks that pay tribute to the house's heritage while decidedly moving ahead.
Supple leather coats and skirts were given a punk touch when paired with lace-up ankle boots, patchwork plaids and batwing tops; there was also a graphic '80s influence in a series of large geometric-motif dresses. A touch of the orient became apparent through the Japanese orchid prints, slit kimono sleeves and obi sashes that were seamlessly woven in. It was a successful, eclectic collection for Rosier, who proved that he can create a modern image for Kenzo while remaining true to his mentor's roots.