French label Kenzo taps into New York’s free-flowing art and club scenes during the ’80s and ’90s (a time before Manhattan was a real estate investment strategy for the world’s big spenders) for its spring 2017 collection.
In connection with the launch, Kenzo released a video featuring archival footage shot by videographer Nelson Sullivan, who was known for documenting the decadent downtown scenesters. Sadly, Sullivan passed at the young age of 41.
The anything-goes mood captured in Sullivan’s videos is reflected in the offerings, which combine bold graphics with hand-drawn lettering, meant to evoke the rave and punk fliers that were used to advertise gigs.
Check out the video and some items from the collection below. Visit kenzo.com for more info.
Update: Since Kenzo made its video private, we replaced it with an actual Sullivan video featuring Ru Paul, breaking down the difficulties of being a go-go dancer. Check it out.