PFWM SS19: Kenzo

YESTERDAY marked the last shows of Paris Fashion Week, and with it, so concluded men’s fashion month. Last up on the list of the French leg was Kenzo, who finalised the season with total force. Set in a Garden-of-Eden style space, summer ceremonies were celebrated. The attendants? A social spectrum, from new-romantic hedonists to British wedding goers. This was a gathering of subculture – and optimism reigned.

Take the menswear. Tailoring took an excessive turn, with generous proportions of material being molded to males who looked as though they had just returned from celebrating the summer solstice. In respect to contemporary culture, sportswear surfaced – with a running admiration of athletic structures. As per Kenzo, print clashes were prominent and styled to perfection, with juxtaposing medallion and flowered patterns topping off lively looks of leisure. And so entered the Orient – vibrant and cultured alike.

For womenswear, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon opted to fashion the flourished female. Florals and fluorescent suits stormed the space, filled with endless blossoming bouquets which deemed the show a sensual statement. Effortless deconstruction was topped with vivid prints of roses, checks, and even python prints. With hoards of flowers mapping the silhouettes that merged between the branches, the natural woman emerged with fluid movement and clear confidence. Accessories donned her charm, with handbags entitled The Dot and The Goody being introduced by the brand for the first time. So in short – the collection was pretty much a breath of fresh air. One that we’ll definitely be inhaling.

Following on from Virgil Abloh’s debut for Louis Vuitton and Kim Jones’ first show for Dior Homme, it’s safe to say that this show season has been somewhat historical. And Kenzo’s collection – filled with a fun variety of tribes – was the ideal way to conclude a month of sartorial revolution. So with that, the summer ceremony begins. Who’s ready?

by Faye Fearon

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