Equally, if not more, arresting were Givenchy and Kenzo. Despite some notable differences, they shared the same youthful edge that is the epitome of menswear’s revival. On a pink stage, Riccardo Tisci introduced Givenchy’s new signature: the cobra. The majestic snake was translated into embroideries and prints for jackets as well as sweaters. Meanwhile, Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim looked back to their experience attending Blur’s concert in 1995. Whimsical, nostalgic and moody, the collection featured desaturated neon colors, logos and psychedelic patterns. But, it was more than a nod to the past. Components of newness are paramount for Leon and Lim, as it is for the future of menswear. The excitement has just begun.
This article first appeared in DA MAN Style Fall/Winter 2016. Get your copy here.
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