Kenzo’s hot ticket

AP/ AFP – Portuguese-born Oliveira Baptista — who had previously revived Lacoste — put out a solid and saleable collection of men’s and women’s designs that successfully pushed Kenzo toward a focussed and minimalist mood.

There were flashes of creative flourish: Such as a giant double-breasted tailored coat in vibrant medium blue that hung in a column surreally to the model’s ankles. It touched the billowing hem of oversize pants.

Elsewhere, headwear cleverly morphed a 1950’s-style cloche hat with a Asian warrior headpiece — and provoked the clicking of guests’ cameras.