Fashion house KENZO presented the Fall Winter 2022.23 Menswear and Womenswear Collection during the recently finished Paris Fashion Week. The collection marks the debut of Artistic Director Nigo, the first Japanese designer to front the house since its founder Kenzo Takada. With his first collection, Nigo introduces his vision for KENZO: a meeting between the Maison’s heritage and his own contemporary codes. Nigo fuses the influences of his own upbringing and career with the heritage of Kenzo Takada, writing a language for the Maison that looks to the future by learning from the past.
Nigo and Kenzo Takada share an inherent cultural language – an understanding of the synthesis between Japanese and Western wardrobe traditions – but it’s their attitude to fashion that connects them above all: a belief that what you see on a runway should manifest in real life. In keeping with this philosophy, Nigo is building one continuous brand story at KENZO: a considered wardrobe gradually drip-fed through monthly limited-edition drops rooted in Kenzo’s heritage and his own practice. – from Kenzo
For this season, KENZO unites and transcends cultural and conventional dress codes. Formal, sportswear and streetwear mix into one – real-to-wear, exercised across women’s and men’s wardrobes, which mix tailoring and workwear, both cutting a genderles silhouette. The collection approach paves the way for a heightened study of pieces over looks, each imbued with the Japanese-Western premise of the collection. The mix of Nigo and Takada’s style can bee seen in deconstructed tailoring, balance between rugged and the very refined denim, knitwear which mixes animal motifs and Nigo’s signature graphics. The designer also interprets the Maison’s tiger in a new Aka-e Tiger watercolour motif, a Tiger Varsity graphic, and in tiger stripes which appear across garment categories.
The show soundtrack features an exclusive preview of the designer’s upcoming album I Know Nigo with contributions from A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Pharrell Williams, Pusha T, Teriyaki Boyz, Tyler, the Creator and Lil Uzi Vert.
Production: Back of the House
Music: Exclusive mix from “I Know Nigo” Album, Victor Victor Worldwide
Content Production: Kitten
Styling: Marq Rise
Casting: Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DM CASTING
Make up: Lucy Bridge and the Make Up For Ever team
Hair: Eugene Souleiman
Nails: Ama Quashie using Dr Barbara Sturm