Monday, August 15, 2022

Kenzo designer dazzles Paris with colour, preppy style

PARIS ( Associated Press) — Kenzo’s designer, Nigo, found his groove for his sophomore collection in the LVMH-owned home, which draws vibrant parallels with the home’s founder, Kenzo Takada.

Nigo has made history as the first Japanese designer of a home front since Takada, who died in 2020.

But beyond fashion, Niggo — who has had high-profile collaborations with Pharrell — has a real star attraction, once again pulling in top VIPs like Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel this season.

Here are some glimpses of Sunday’s spring-summer 2023 men’s apparel collection in Paris.

Kenzo’s Back in the Groove

Set in a college hall and with a ’70s, preppy vibe, Nego’s channeled the dazzling colors and mix-and-match cultural fusion that became synonymous with home origins.

Hanging from the ceiling were flags reading “Kenzo 1970”. For fashion students, a context not lost: this date was not only the year Takada presented her first fashion show in front of her new shop, Jungle Jaap at the Galerie Vivienne in Paris, but it was also the year of Nigo’s birth. .

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Funky scarves, a take on Boy Scout styles, morphed into colorful lapels on suits riffed on uniforms.

A bright yellow patch-loaded waistcoat had an African vibe and the jacket mixed with a Breton striped scarf, nautical theme and Asian cross-over styles. It created a dynamic cultural melting pot.

But it was the quirks and humor that defined spring-summer at this strong show – thick wool socks, scarlet flowers and multicolored bowler hats on canary yellow flip-flops.

Nigo, 51, is only the second Asian designer to top a European high fashion label, along with Bally’s Filipino-American Ruigi Villaseor. His appointment continues to represent a milestone as the luxury industry wrestles more broadly with questions over racism and diversity.

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The gentle contrasts of WOOYOUNGMI

Held in the ornate interiors of Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Sunday met moments of sobriety in the collection of South Korean designer Wooyoungmi.

Classy tailoring on the suit, such as the double-breasted number that opened the show with a delicate nip at the waist, contrasts with the white sneakers and vest. It made for a clever play in contradiction.

Pants were a big theme – designed in the modern baggy style of the ’90s. They hung in a beautiful curved shape at the bottom of the foot.

There were moments of sensuality and humor throughout this 42-piece co-ed show. A tactile and semi-transparent blue punk vest was worn by a model with sleek scruffy hair, who had a posh square leather bag.

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