Three Kenzo films take an artistic spin on life on earth

Kenzo invited three young filmmakers to interpret its AW17 collection tied to the theme of how we inhabit earth today.

Olympus by Mati Diop for Kenzo
Olympus by Mati Diop for Kenzo

Kenzo invited three young filmmakers to interpret its AW17 collection tied to the theme of how we inhabit earth today.

The resulting series of short, conceptual films living under the header of “Kenzo Season Zero”, explore everything from the basics of orange juice to the feel of an alternative universe. The trio, which includes Mati Diop, Baptist Penetticobra and Eduardo Williams, were selected for their singular and multicultural visions of our world.

“These filmmakers are part of a generation who is more and more concerned about the frailty of a planet which contours erode to the contact of intensive activities and ecological disasters. They were not chosen randomly — mixed, expatriated, nomads, their intimate vision of the world is expressed through juxtapositions of fictional and documentary places, of hybrid, incompatible or symbiotic bodies,” the write-up reads.

Diop takes the viewer to the streets of Paris at night in “Olympus”, where a young model on a bike (the filmmaker’s brother) and a group of local young people are seen hanging out.

The collection features heavily, but secondary to the almost non-narrative of the piece. “In my work, the clothes are thought of extensively but remain invisible. They participate in the embodiment of the characters, it’s an extension of the writing to me. I often get inspiration from the actors’ clothes first, to which I add other pieces. For Olympus, I proceeded the same way, in collaboration with Georgia Pendlebury: mixing Kenzo’s pieces with the youth’s clothes. Yet, visible or not, the collection was never my main focus,” Diop explains.

“Tzzd” by Williams, meanwhile, embarks on a journey over three countries, two continents and a multitude of different visions or alternative dimensions. In one breath it’s a mundane setting of an elf on the metro in Buenos Aires, in the next it’s a robot constructor before a wrap on a group of “Voguing” dancers.

“I’m interested in the relation between the sensation of reality and fantasy, the normal and the unfamiliar. I think that everyday places and situations can be shown in a way by which this impression of reality can be questioned. The characters have their own particularities, each one is special in a different way,” Williams explained.

Lastly, Penetticobra focuses in on poems about orange juice, with detail-rich descriptions in two separate monologues for “Untitled (Juice)”.

“I wanted to talk about something trivial — like a cup of orange juice you can get at McDonald’s — and pull the thread as far as I could until it becomes almost abstract. It seemed to line up with the theme ‘Inhabit The Earth’, which touches on something universal. Cheap orange juice is pretty much the same everywhere. I liked the idea of going from something small to talking about something larger, and at the same time verging on something more and more obscure, theoretical, until it becomes almost stupid and random,” Penetticobra commented.

See all of the films on streaming platform from Friday, November 3, to Thursday, November 9.

By Rachel Arthur

Rachel Arthur is Editor-in-Chief of Current Daily, the leading news source for fashion, retail and innovation, and the co-host of its weekly Innovators podcast. She otherwise serves as Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Current Global, a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion luxury and retail. By background she is an award-winning business journalist and consultant, contributing to titles including Wired, Forbes and Business of Fashion.

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