KENZO has officially unveiled the fourth and final instalment of Nigo’s Spring/Summer 22 collection. Combining playfulness with high fashion, KENZO’s latest collection represents a modern take on the classic house poppy, with a stripped-back relaxed style and print, as effortless as it is bold.
This drop rounds the designer’s second collection for the brand as poppy motifs are emphasised throughout the collaboration. The brand’s third collection printed KENZO’s heritage ‘Boke flower’ onto denim. This collaboration moves to a more flowy fabric and lighthearted design, whilst continuing the designer’s riff of the iconic poppy print, taken straight from the archives of Kenzo Takada. The print takes inspiration from Nigo and Kenzō Takada’s Japanese roots, reinterpreting it into ethereal florals, reminiscent of ancient Japanese art.
Taking nature as a theme, and making the drop genderless, the collection features the motif across Hawaiian shirts and relaxed jersey tees, each with the floral symbol printed across the back. Elsewhere, the collection also features standouts like a co-ord; an all over printed Hawaiian shirt with matching cotton shorts and a matching viscose skirt. Other more paired back looks feature a single poppy dotted across pockets of t-shirts and shorts – in a subtle, yet impactful touch.
Nigo continues to both draw on and build upon his streetwear roots, elevating classic streetwear designs to the sphere of high fashion, all whilst incorporating KENZO’s design spirit. While we’ve all been schooled that florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, Nigo begs to differ, here.
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