July 7, 2022

French luxury brand Kenzo founded by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada after year long of its existence made a fashion history-making moment in Paris on Sunday as it unveiled the debut for its first Japanese designer after its founder.

According to reports, Nigo, 51, thus becomes only the second Asian designer at the head of a European high fashion label, alongside Bally’s Filipino-American Rhuigi Villasenor. The designer’s appointment represents a milestone as the luxury industry struggles more broadly with questions over racism and diversity.

Kenzo’s latest show venue of Galerie Vivienne underlined the historic importance of the debut collection, whilst teasing out parallels between the Nigo and Takada.

The arcade is reportedly the very location where Takada held his inaugural fashion show in 1970.

The show attended by Nigo’s close friend Pharrell Williams and Kanye West alongside an audibly enthusiastic audience had applauded after his vibrant creations were revealed amid the ancient bookshops.

Kenzo’s fall-winter menswear shows at Paris Fashion Week showcased vibrant colors and streetwise prints in creative fusion with some traditional Kenzo themes such the red poppy print. There were oversize berets mixed with clashing-color prints on silk, standout loose wool coats in maize, printed silk neck scarves, chunky sheeny leather loafers, and high-waisted chino pants. Stripes followed checks, tassels, straps and gold-buckled belts. Along with a series of finely tailored sartorial preppy looks with loose proportions, one of which nicely evoked the cross-over styles of Japanese clothing.

Sunday’s fashion show also saw showcases from South Korean brand Wooyoungmi. The collection was inspired by novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles, with references to the ornate city and its famous churches peppering the show.

Moscow’s glittering St. Basel’s cathedral seeded the colors and styles for menswear brand Wooyoungmi on Sunday to produce a collection that glistened with jewel tones of pinks, greens, blues and oranges.

The collection saw scarves with frontal fastenings seemed to be the brand’s take on ecclesiastical headwear, while black patent statement boots that sported a chunky sole, along with an unexpected decorated strap, appeared out of a beautiful, tailored minimalist bronze wool coat.