The brand announces a collection with Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ in 2016.
Yesterday, in the spirit of the Lunar New Year, Kenzo posted an old-school The Jungle Book monkey animation to Instagram (this year's zodiac animal is the monkey after all). The caption ended with the cryptic message, "A surprise is coming tomorrow…"
Early this morning, Kenzo announced via an ultra-trippy Instagram video that it will be creating a Disney's The Jungle Book collection for April 2016, to coincide with the release of the new film. The clip is from the very cool teaser for the collection, which is a sort of kaleidoscopic animated journey through the treetops. Between bunches of colorful, painterly flowers, fragments of the 1967 animated film play from all directions, in an artistic but also nostalgic nod to the original. "The Bare Necessities" is whistled in the background, and soon turns into a full-on cinematic score.
The 3D live-animation remake of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, is slated for release April 15. It is set to star Lupita Nyong'o as the wolf Raksha, Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Ben Kingsley as the panther Bagheera, and Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa (previously a male character). Between excellent casting choices and this brilliant art from the Kenzo fashion collaboration, we're really excited to see how both projects turn out.
If the teaser is any true indication, this collection is bound to be over-the-top colorful and pay serious homage to animation. Leave it to Kenzo to come up with something this random, but absolutely perfect. We can already imagine the dizzying patterns of the video and the playful tone of The Jungle Book coming through in the spring collection.
Text Blair Cannon
Image and video via YouTube