[F]or the closing show of SS18 mens fashion week Paris, Kenzo did not disappoint. Celebrating their Japanese heritage, the house’s creative director’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim used an entirely Asian model line-up for their ‘Play in Two Acts’.
Presented in the Lycée Camille-Sée – a grand high school in Paris’ 15th arrondissenment – the collections were dedicated to a Japanese muse of the house. Act one (mens) – entitled ‘Building the Bamboo Houses’ – was inspired by musician and founding member of the Yellow Magic Orchestra Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Act two (women’s) – ‘Love Letter to Sayoko’- was dedicated to the late Sayoko Yamaguchi, a prominent model and muse to Takada Kenzo. In between the two acts we were treated to a brief intermission during which brightly coloured bungee jumpers performed a gravity defying and vertigo inducing dance across the facade of the building while Lafawndah performed her soulful track ‘Oasis’.
Combining their SS18 men’s and women’s collections for the second season in a row, the show was entitled ‘The Red String of Fate’ and it weaved together the two offerings, each sprinkled with the house’s trademark penchant for bright colours, bold prints, and a meeting of form and function. Clashing stripes, florals, and ruffled sparkly dresses for the women, and British tailoring meets Japanese baseball for the men.
Check out the full collection below and big shout out to Kenzo for best casting of the season so far.