Kenzo's H&M Line Features Trans Artist And Icon Juliana Huxtable

“We really put our heart and soul into how it will look ... We just love what they do.”

By Eric Shorey

Japanese fashion powerhouse Kenzo is the latest designer brand to take on a campaign with fast-fashion company H&M. H&M has previously debuted exclusive and desperately desired collaborations with fashion gods like Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Karl Lagerfield, and Alexander Wang. Kenzo's interpretation of the challenge has already proven to be highly stylish and imminently groundbreaking, with the ad campaigns themselves prominently featuring trans polymath Juliana Huxtable.

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With creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at the helm, Kenzo's upcoming clashing tiger-print patterns have already caught Vogue's eye. “We really put our heart and soul into how it will look," Leon said of the new collection. "We just love what they do.”

The duo have enlisted a handful of industry pals and superstars to model the new looks: featured are Amy Sall, an activist and founder of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought  + Aesthetics; Oko Ebombo, a music and performance artist; and Isamaya Ffrench, a makeup artist and member of the London-based collective Theo Adams Company.

But perhaps most conspicuous in the campaign is Miss Huxtable, who is described by Jezebel's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd as "the closest thing New York has to an it-girl at the moment."

Huxtable may have made a name for herself as an artistic muse, but she's also a successful poet, DJ, and contemporary artist in her own right. Check out one of her legendary sets, below:


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