Kenzo’s Paris Fashion Week Collection is an Ode to Beekeeping

Another Parish Fashion Week is behind us, and Kenzo gave us the buzziest new collection of the entire event. This luxury brand sent models dressed in beekeeping-inspired attire down the runway, which proved to be the perfect fit for the era of social distancing.

Kenzo’s designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista was partially inspired by the Oscar-nominated documentary Honeyland, about a beekeeper in rural Macedonia. This project explored several important themes, including climate change and exploitation of natural resources, and Baptista wanted to “express something about the fragility of the situation we are in” with Kenzo’s new collection.

When it comes to the designs, beyond their beekeeping theme, they feature bold colors and fun patterns this brand has always been known for. Lightweight coats and floral dresses were all over the runway, but wide-brimmed hats with netted veils stole the show.

What makes Kenzo’s show in Paris even more significant is the fact it took place just a few days before the passing of the brand’s founder Kenzo Takada. He stepped down as the brand’s creative director in 2000, but his successors stayed true to his bold vision for this brand. In the official statement announcing his passing, Kenzo representatives said that “his optimism, zest for life and generosity continue to be pillars” of their brand.