Kenzo first crashed onto the Parisian scene in the 70's whenhe renovated an old antique clothing store in the French capital. At that time a handful of other Japanese designers had already hit Paris, and this steady stream continued into the 80’s with the arrival of Rei Kawakubo who was working under the label Comme des Garçons; Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake.
Kenzo's first collections were tent dresses and smocked, and although this piece isn't really smocked the armholes are oversized and the shoulder are pretty tightly pleated. Its tag is jungle jap, so I am pretty sure it's a 70's collection.
The colour is a sandy cotton khaki and has faded a little, but it's seriously cool for wearing when it's hot and perfecto for travelling in, especially as it's straight matching cotton trousers have a drawstring, which is ideal for taking on and off when shopping and trying on clothes.
Which is what I did when I went to Molly's Den in Winchester recently. Of course you never know what you're going to come away with, so my newest lightest discovery the Ettinger Hurlingham bag came on the trip too!
Because I am always keen to give my look a bit of global glam, I paired it up with my golden Zara sandals which also just happen to be a summer favourite.
photographs Julia Mills