Luxury French fashion house Kenzo has teamed up with Disney to produce an exotic collection to commemorate the upcoming CGI-heavy remake of The Jungle Book. Originally written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894, the tale of The Jungle Book became a long-lasting classic, and became a 1967 beloved animated film by Disney. Now, Disney will be releasing a new version of the film, as a mixture between CGI and live acting, which will premiere in theaters on April 15 in the U.S. The collection by Kenzo includes a mixture between exotic prints to symbolize the jungle scenery and novelty pieces depicting characters from the film in a more casual way.
This capsule collection is totally ready-to-wear, with pieces of menswear and womenswear, so you can be looking stylish and fun for the new season. Lately on the runway, tropical, exotic patterns have been especially favored, especially within the group of luxury labels. The prints in this collection are a mixture between Kenzo’s signature florals and some artwork from the original Disney film. The reiteration of the classic Hawaiian “tourist” shirt, for instance, really brought about a clear image of the tropics, while still being ironic with the stereotypical tourist styling.
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, creative directors for Kenzo, found some original sketches from the animated Disney flick and were able to use them as a source of major inspiration for the capsule collection. “It was incredible,” Leon told Vogue. “We were able to [watch] some never-before-seen segments of the orginal movie, ands eeing the pro segments of the original movie, ands seeing the process behind their creations was the most exciting part of this collaboration.”
As a fan of Disney myself, I can’t help but feel jealous, and I’m sure I can speak for many others when I say that. The idea of a story that became so iconic with its Disney iteration, and being able to see scenes and graphics no one else in the general public had been able to see is a unrivaled. And to then be able to use that as inspiration to create a stunning luxury collection would be a dream come true.
“The Jungle Book has always been my favorite Disney movie because it resonated with my fear of being alone,” continued Leon. “I love the spirit of independence and conquering fear.”
This source of childhood connection resulted in technicolor silk dresses, button-down tops, and a whole lot of the Disney magic that is present in any film from the iconic filmmaker. And of course, you can’t go wrong with sweatshirts featuring characters like Shere Khan, the antagonist tiger. Kenzo, along with their U.S. retailer Bergdorf Goodman, will host a private cocktail event, where they will screen the film next week. The collection, Kenzo x The Jungle Book, went on sale exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman on Friday, and will go live on kenzo.com on April 7.
Photos courtesy of Kenzo