Kenzo scaled new heights for their grand show to close Paris Men’s Fashion Week. The show was broken into two parts - a men’s and a women’s collection separated by an acrobatic interlude evoking an imagined meeting of two muses, Sayoko Yamaguchi, a model and friend of Kenzo Takada who passed away in 2007, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, a contemporary musician. This merging of personalities and time periods produced a brightly colour collection consisting of strong tailoring and garishly printed sportswear. References to pop culture were splashed across jersey’s and used as a fun and joyful contrast to the stand out high-waisted, belted pants that were straight from a 1950’s baseball team.
Kim Jones produced another brilliant collection for Louis Vuitton to help maintain his position at the top of contemporary menswear scene. After last season’s smash hit with Supreme, Jones took his collection on holiday with Hawaiian shirts, neoprene wet-suit pants, shell accessories and Velcro sandals. Jones is a traveller and so his collections often pick up on some of the aesthetics one might find while exploring. Casual attire dominated with relaxed shirting, wide, cropped pants and loose, graphic tees. However, it was his fabrications that were the stand out with ultra thin leathers appearing like plastic, leather bonded onto neoprene and rubberised tape accentuating detail on the many bags on show. It was ultra contemporary, cool and relaxed, just what you’d want for your ideal summer wardrobe.