Monday, July 27, 2015

Rumble in the Jungle

Usually when we say the word "jungle" we refer to something chaotic or disorganized, but visually they are among the most cohesive surrounding on the planet. Aesthetically, colour is king and just about every life form has learned to advertise itself using colour or camouflage itself to hide amongst the plants. Both Hayley Elsaesser and Kenzo have recognized this and taken inspiration from the jungle in all its splendor. The animal menagerie you see before you is not too unlike that from Disney's 'The Jungle Book' way back in the 1960s. From things that slither to the most fearsome of feline predators, knitted prints and silk dresses captured the full spectrum of wildlife from the rainforest. Elsaesser has combined her loud prints with anthropogenic iconography such as eight balls wearing cowboy hats, whereas Kenzo have revistited their muse over a number of seasons. The end result is eye-popping colour in a range of comfortable and roomy shapes and silhouettes perfect for a walk through the savannah or traipsing through the forest. 

1, 14, 20- directing, casting and styling by gwarngal for Kenzo. 2, 6, 16, 22, 25, 28, 30- The Jungle Book (1967). 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 21, 23, 26, 27, 29, 31- Hayley Elsaesser Fall 2015 via Fashion Magazine. 5- Backstage at Kenzo Spring/Summer 2013. 10- Photo courtesy of Mark Sommerfeld. 11a & b, 24,  'Electric Jungle' Kenzo's new video for Resort 2013. 17- Kenzo at Paris Spring 2013 (Details). 32- KENZO Spring Summer 2013 'X Campaign' by Jean-Paul Goude.

10 comments:

  1. this colourful jungle inspired collection is quite good!

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  2. It's interesting that jungle themes often seem chaotic and wild to us, when they are actually quite natural, and certainly more natural than what neutrality we feel comfortable with!
    Sophia
    http://plaidismyfavouritecolour.blogspot.com/

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    1. yes! couldn't agree with you more! in the 18th century, Europeans were obsessed with creating orderly gardens. Many of these metaphors contrasting the orderly with disorder or weedy gardens appears in Shakespeare

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  3. The Jungle Book was literally my childhood film :) xoxo

    www.thelittleenigma.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you liked this post then!

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  4. I love the Jungle Book connection with all this- I live for abstract and wild patterns like these- complete chaos but in a good way
    xx
    http://howfittingblog.blogspot.com

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    1. it's chaos through a cacophony of colours restrained within a unified colour palette

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  5. Thanks for leaving such a beautiful comment on our blog :)
    I love this post, prints and patterns makes an outfit stand out much more!

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    1. no worries! I'm so glad I came across your blog :)
      and I feel the same way about patterns and colour together in outfits

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