Welcome to the jungle—the jungle, that is, as envisioned to want-it-now effect with Kenzo’s new The Jungle Book collab. Ahead of a live-action-meets-uncanny-CGI remake premiering next month (featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, et al), the Parisian house has teamed up with Disney to create a sizable ready-to-wear capsule of cheeky pieces for men and women. Marrying archival Kenzo florals with art from the beloved 1967 original movie, the styles are right in step with the runways’ current taste for tropicalia—and the new life the Hawaiian shirt has enjoyed in recent months among plentifully tatted male models, et al.
Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim headed into the cornucopic Disney archives, uncovering beautifully gestural sketches from the animated film. “It was incredible,” says Leon. “We were able to [watch] some never-before-seen segments of the original movie, and seeing the process behind their creation was the most exciting part of this collaboration.” Bearing heady, Technicolor prints of Mowgli, Baloo the bear, and co., styles like silk twill dresses and poplin buttondowns, capture—at even a glance—a bit of the magic that made the animated feature so beloved. Says Leon of the mark it made on him as a child: “The Jungle Book has always been my favorite Disney movie because it resonated with my fear of being alone. I love the spirit of independence and conquering fear.” Among our favorites of the collection is an insouciant riff on the Kenzo tiger logo sweatshirt featuring Shere Khan the tiger. Kenzo and Bergdorf Goodman, the collaboration’s exclusive U.S. retailer, will fete the movie, as well as BG’s forthcoming Jungle Book windows, with an intimate cocktail and screening next week. In the meantime, tide yourself over with a first look at the clothes here.
Kenzo x The Jungle Book, available from April 1 exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, and from April 7 at kenzo.com.