PARIS FASHION WEEK
INTERVIEW WITH KENJI AKA IN.T3R.N3
Unidentified Fashion Object
Obviously Social networks became now a prominent part of the fashion world, we assimilate every day tons and tons of new pictures and new people, even more during the fashion week. Sometimes, an account touches you, for real. SPOON has stopped on in.3t3r.n3, we decided to discover who was really behind this unidentified fashion object...That’s how we met with Kenji for a chill coffee and a little chat this week. Born in Grasse from a japanese father and a spanish mother, Kenji moved to Paris about ten years ago. After studying marketing, publicity and TV production, he ultimately ended with fashion and joined the Studio Berçot at the age of 25. After multiple internships and experiences, he decided to create his very own vision of fashion : pieces that are not really masculine, not really feminine, nor genderless, but somewhere in between.
Your work has a very personal and sensitive approach, can you explain us why is it important for you to put yourself on stage like this?
What message do you want to share with your audience?
I feel like nowadays, everything has to be so much about perception, acceptance and perfection that I just felt like going all the way around.
With the growing of all the social networks, we’re in a time where beauty and perfection are everything and everywhere that we expose ourselves in a way that should be validated, appreciated or “liked” by others. For me fashion is not this superficial selling industry, and vain business that has a unique voice to make everybody looks standardized. Fashion should be a considered as a true form of expression and should lead the way to uniqueness and originality.
When I started to work on this project, I was in a moment of frustration and needed that certain things to get out of my body. At that times, I did internships in fashion houses, I’ve worked for some magazines and even though I gave them my all, I had no perspective in any way so : I decided to create mine.
I never really intended to showcase myself or expose myself like this, it just came pretty organically. I think that the essence of all the artists that I respect, is always coming from place of a personal, genuine and free place, so that’s what I have tried to do. I might not have done all the good choices, but they felt right to me.
I don’t know if I have a message to share, everybody can take what they want from my work, it’s up to you. I did what I had to do and I will continue but hopefully, it will have touch some people along the way.
How do you organize your creativity ? Do you make collections with seasons ? Or do you work piece by piece ? What are the components of your creative process ?
For this collection, my only rule was to have none. So no rules about seasons, number of looks, consistency of fabrics… I had one disadvantage : money. And one advantage, my freedom so I tried to make the best of it.
My process is pretty classic I guess : research, sketches, fabrics, modeling… What I can tell you is that for three months, I was completely off schedule because I was working nightly, I only wanted my fabrics to be under 2€ the meter, given or stolen and that I kept myself out of fashion as much as possible to be the less influenced by trends or fashion in any way.
What and who inspired you the most when your started your own work?
The starting point of my work was a book that I read from David Lynch called « Catching the big fish ». I found in those pages so much comfort and guidance about the link between art, creativity and personal path that it truly helped me to create without any fear or judgement or failure.
Halfway on my creating process, I also had a turning point when I watched the movie « Showgirls » by Paul Verhoeven for its comeback in theatres. I was mesmerised. It was everything I wanted my work to be : bright, cheap, raw and fatal.
You made very beautiful videos which brings a lot clues on your personality and inspirations. Have you ever considered to make some performances more close to contemporary Art with your work ?
My twin brother works in the film industry so it became natural that I had to create videos to support my work. For me, the movies are as important as the clothes really, in the way that it is the soul of the clothes.
I don’t know exactly what I’m gonna do next but it will definitely meet contemporary Art as social media.
Your name on social medias is quite cryptic, can you tell us what it does mean?
First, I didn’t want to use my own name because I didn’t want to be dispossessed from it.
Then,again, some words of the David Lynch book really resonated : he was saying that creativity is like fishes. You have a lot of fishes under the surface of the water but if you want to catch the big fish you have to go deep, down deep where they’re pure and beautiful.
And last, I liked the fact that it sounds like the only job that this industry wanted me to have!
Any question you always wanted to answer, and that nobody ever asked about you or your work, or anything else?
I will answer quickly to a few questions that I had so far: it is not for sale, I don’t know who is my target or if I have one but I don’t do this only for myself and I just feel like these clothes deserves to exist, so be it.