Today in Paris, Kenzo’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon closed Men’s Fashion Week with some serious showmanship. The production, staged in the vast courtyard of the city’s Lycee Camille-See, featured a performance of abseiling acrobatics by artists wearing primary-hued overalls. They looked like Teletubbies after a crash diet.
However, spring 2018’s co-ed collection footwear packed an even mightier color punch. Men’s looks featured boxing boots (already a big spring trend) in orange leather with alligator accents, and round-toed pumps with straps in contrast colors — many of which came teamed with fuzzy, canary yellow socks.
Women wore mules with contrast python straps and floral appliqué details or white origami-style ankle boots with open toes and seams to both front and rear like paper bags.
Brightly colored heels came set at a 45-degree angle, and candy stripe socks were de rigueur. The same stripes and florals were also a leitmotif in the ready-to-wear and came clashed with abandon throughout.
The collection’s twin muses were musician and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto, who provided some of the prints, and also Sayoko Yamaguchi, who was one of the world’s original supermodels and a muse to Kenzo Takada himself. Sorry, introverts, but spring ’18 will have you too climbing the wall.
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