Kenzo Menswear Spring Summer 2013 Paris

At the Kenzo show the design team of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim took the subtitle of the brand- jungle- to heart. Inspired by a trip to Thailand last year this collection was filled with pieces covered in oversized colorful animal prints, tiger motifs and almost pixilated camouflage patterns.

The on the go accessories of deer-stalker hats (think Sherlock Homes), binocular styled bags and comfy tiger striped sneakers were well thought out and worked easily with the drawstring safari jackets and the wide board shorts.

But this was a collection designed more for the urban jungle then one in Southeast Asia. And as far as that goes these clothes were less about blending in then standing out. The designers duo’s deft use of color, and particularly the introduction of micro patterned prints when most of the fashion world is focused on color blocking and oversized motifs, indicated that Leon and Lim have a clear vision for the Kenzo brand.

The spectacular opening number that saw the acrobatics of Yamakasis, urban gymnasts who use the street as their playground, dive, flip and summersault while wearing Kenzo also underlined the fact that this collection has been designed to work as hard as the man who wears it.

In only two menswear collections the designers have shown that they have set their sights on creating wearable menswear with a colorful edge. Kenzo Takada should be proud that his brand has two designers so in synch with his heritage.

-Jessica Michault
 

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