AP/AFP – Set in a college hall and with a pervading 70s, preppy vibe, Nigo channeled the dazzling colours and mix-and-match cultural fusion that became synonymous with the house’s origins.
Hanging from the roof were flags reading ‘Kenzo 1970’. For students of fashion, a reference not lost: This date was not only the year Takada presented his first fashion show in the Galerie Vivienne in Paris in front of his new shop, Jungle Jap, but it was also the year of Nigo’s birth.
Funky scarves, a take on Boy Scout styles, morphed into coloured lapels on suits that riffed on uniform.
A bright yellow patch-loaded waistcoat had an African vibrancy and mixed with Breton striped scarves, nautical themes and Asian cross-over styles in jackets. It created a dynamic cultural melting pot.
But it was the quirkiness and humour that defined spring-summer in this strong show – thick woolen socks on canary yellow flip flops, crimson flower appliques and multi-coloured bowler hats.