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Nigo’s creative and cultural exchange continues in Kenzo SS25

An evolving wardrobe cultivated from the bridge-building perspective of a Japanese man in Paris.

Nigo’s creative and cultural exchange continues in Kenzo SS25

Drawing inspiration from the nature that defines the stylistic ecosystem of the Japanese house, the creative artist maintains the perspective of building bridges between Paris and Japan.

The Palais-Royal Garden in the French capital, located in the heart of the city and surrounded by the most prestigious streets and monuments, became the perfect setting to discover the new KENZO collection. In this way, blending in with nature, accompanied by the sound of the water falling from the central fountain and with the sunset as a backdrop, we delved for yet another season into the imaginary developed by Nigo.

Among those in attendance were well-known personalities such as Maluma, Ozuna, Rema, Swaee Lee, Gabriel Moses, French Montana, Juliette Binoche, Nassim Lyes, Soojoo Park, Anwar Hadid, Pusha T, Rich The Kid, Samuel Umtitit and, of course, two of Nigo‘s closest friends: Pharrell Williams and Verdy.

As the concept of KENZOLOGY is defined, we are talking about an evolving wardrobe cultivated from the bridge-building perspective of a Japanese man in Paris. This enriching mix of codes and cultures, which the designer has maintained since his arrival at the creative helm of the house, continues to evolve as he delves deep into the archives of his predecessor, Kenzo Takada.

New constructions and techniques emerge that become entirely their own, relaxed silhouettes and sophisticated garments such as draped dresses with fringes or obi-inspired skirts and tops, not to mention oversized skirts cinched at the waist, are some of the highlights of the women’s selection. At the same time, the men’s options are based on everyday archetypal pieces infused with oriental details, updated sartorial tailoring and ideas taken from the tobi-shoku.

Takada‘s iconic flower is reinterpreted this time with a vivid peony print in seemingly faded fluorescent colours and a jungle flower motif. The Eiffel Tower, the undisputed symbol of Paris, allows itself to be conquered by the nature of the dragonflies and tigers that surround it in a yellow mesh T-shirt, a hybrid of blazer and kimono, and a sartorial skirt.

In his second collaboration with KENZO, Verdy imagines some of the brand’s most iconic emblems such as the tiger, the elephant and the boat and adapts them to much of the ready-to-wear and accessories collection. They come to life, almost as if by magic, in the form of jacquards on jackets, embroidered on denim workwear styles, chain stitch on varsity jackets and sequins and beads on tailoring pieces.

The footwear line is spearheaded by a new version of the KENZO-Pace II, the house’s most recognisable sneakers, which evolves by adding new colour combinations such as red and white, navy and black. Women’s clogs emerge in soft patent leather mesh and incorporate prints from the collection, while moccasins with fold-over heels make their debut this season, inspired by Japanese fisherman’s shoes.

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