Humberto Leon and Carol Lim invited guests to the Kenzo headquarters for a night of food, fashion, music, and art. I would go out on a limb and say they undoubtedly presented one of the best evenings Paris Fashion Week has ever seen, especially for a fan of all arts combined. The night included a private dinner prepared by the Syrian-born Parisian chef Mohammad El Khaldy. Leon and Lim presented a special capsule collection inspired by the archives of Kenzo Tekada, La Collection Memento Nº1. The collection is true to Kenzo’s nature with floral and animal prints mixed with bold color and statement pieces. Humberto Leon told WWD they were celebrating the idea of Japanese heritage but in Paris.
The house was also celebrating immigration and the statement was made very clear throughout the evening. “We chose chef Mohammad Elkhaldy to celebrate the talent of immigrants and refugees, who bring rich knowledge to the human landscapes of both Paris or New York, where we split our time,” Leon and Lim told Refinery29 in a statement. “The food at our dinner was celebrated alongside the clothes on the runway, opened by Alex Wek, and the performance afterwards by Lauryn Hill. We wanted to tell a full story by celebrating different talents and backgrounds through a holistic experience.” And a holistic experience it was.
Lauryn Hill performed a Fela Kuti inspired mashup of her award-winning album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and the rest really was history. When I planned my trip to Paris I never thought I would end up at the Kenzo Headquarters with some of the biggest names in fashion experiencing one of the largest trailblazers in music. But as fate would have it, I was able to be a part of one of the biggest moments at PFW, and I’m still riding high.