PARIS, France — The Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimonie is a wonderful Parisian museum that's slightly off the beaten track. Deep in the underbelly of Place du Trocadero, it is entirely dedicated to specimens of architecture across the eras. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim staged this season's Kenzo show in the main alley here, full of gothic and classic pieces, filling the space, for "contrast," with living sculptures that gave a club-like vibe to the set. Think Area, or Limelight, back in the 1980s. It made for an eerie, past-meets-present, art-meets-freak ambiance.
And the clothes? They were decidedly club-like, but in another sense altogether. The unmissable reference was the Studio 54 in the 1970s: glossy supervixens and glamorous abandon as depicted by Antonio Lopez. This made for a new silhouette for Kenzo: nipped of waist, curvaceous and glamorous. Seeing this applied to what essentially was a wardrobe of sporty separates produced an interesting effect. Nothing groundbreaking, but enjoyable.