“For those wearing my clothes it is like stepping out of ordinary life into a dream”

— Kenzo Takada

Hot summer days in the city require thoughtful choices of cuts and textiles when it comes to clothes. Since black absorbs heat it is sometimes a challenge to wear it in the height of the summer. Looser silhouettes let more air circulate and breathable fabrics like cotton are a must. Given the unpredictability air conditioning adds to the temperature, light layers are also factored into decision-making. Given these criteria my favored Japanese designers give me new reasons to love them with their kimono shapes, no body clinging couture patterns and freedom of movement. These cotton pants by Kenzo are among my favorite pairs for all of these reasons. The cotton short sleeve shirt is a old staple I return to year after year because of the loose fit and classic design. Kenzo has always embraced freedom and creativity and his playful nature finds a modern twist in the brand, now directed by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony fame. Stating he is “always influenced by the world that says I have influence”, Kenzo reminds one how something as simple as a staycation can provide inspiration and fuel creativity. Sometimes just fully inhabiting the “ordinary” and “everyday” world we live in can be breathtaking.

Accidental Icon Wears

Black Cotton Pants: Kenzo, White cotton shirt: Gap, Long sleeve white cotton wrap: James Perse, Sunglasses: The Optical Boutique, Earrings: Paris Vintage, Shoes: Italian Leather Beacon’s Closet, Black Leather mini-bag: Issey Miyake

For more old and new Kenzo looks see my Pinterest board.

How does the ordinary and everyday world you move in inspire freedom and creativity in you?