So I couldn’t wait to write to all of The Fashion Bubble’s lovely fashionistas out there and share my latest catwalk show experience. I have just arrived home, it’s about 12:30 am now on a Friday night, and I’m exhausted but exhilarated. I spent the evening of November 12, 2010 at London’s V&A in the gorgeous Raphael Gallery to celebrate the remarkable 40th anniversary of the Parisian fashion house KENZO as this month’s Fashion in Motion event.
For those of you who haven’t yet had the glorious pleasure to attend an event at the V & A [The Victoria and Albert Museum] in South Kensington, London, let’s just say that it’s always guaranteed to be a night to die for. Kenzo’s 40th Anniversary catwalk show took place in the largest and most prestigious of the V & A’s many venues: the Raphael Gallery, which boasts of housing seven surviving examples of Renaissance art that date from 1516. Not only is this the most elegant and glamourous venue for a fashion event of this magnitude, but it is also the perfect place to spend a Friday night in London.
I was lucky enough to attend the finale catwalk show at 8pm which featured assorted designs from the famous label’s forty-year old amazing archive of rich, exotic and bohemian collections.
KENZO, a revolutionary fashion line unbending it its resolve to display Eastern culture in an unapologetic fairytale on the runway, was masterminded by Kenzo Takada, one of the first Japanese designers to influence the fashion universe in the West. In 1970, Kenzo established the house of Kenzo in Paris and took over the haute couture world as we know it by conjuring up fantastical pieces full of Asian and Russian folkloric themes, giving the runway a new sense of mythical lore.
It was truly an honor to attend this event, showcasing the many wonders from one of the most talented designers of our time. Needless to say, it was a gorgeous evening of fashion in London, and one well spent.
KENZO is the collection that was showcased as the first of two Fashion in Motion shows this Autumn season. The V&A will next present the work of Parisian Couturier Stéphane Rolland in December and, of course, The Fashion Bubble will be in attendance. Watch this space!
Photos courtesy of V&A, Style Covered, The Telegraph, Style & Vogue