Under the artistic direction of Nigo, KENZO releases the second drop in a series of limited-edition capsule collections for Spring-Summer 2022. The drop follows the designer’s debut runway show for the Maison in Ja-nuary 2022, with two additional capsules to come. Nigo was appointed Artistic Director of KENZO in September 2021.
The second capsule collection exemplifies the twisting of archetypes and symbols central to Nigo’s design. An emblem of KENZO, the tiger emerges in new cartoonish form, expressed through the simplified and humorous hand of the Artistic Director. Surrounded by leaves, it appears across two five-piece wardrobes. Designed for women and men, respec-tively, but genderless in spirit, the wardrobes express a timeless and es-sential approach to dressing. A black oversized molleton hoodie defines the collection’s relaxed silhouette. It is reflected in a dark green drawstring cotton cargo trouser embellished with the new signature flower button. The drop further includes a black sweatshirt and black and white t-shirts with animated tiger tail motifs on the back.
As precursors to a reinvigorated KENZO, the Spring -Summer 2022 cap-sule collections embody the philosophy at the root of Nigo’s practice at the Maison: a real wardrobe for the future, tied to the wisdom of the past. In homage to Kenzo Takada, each drop revolves around the idea of the natural elements key to the legacy of the founder. Expanding on the form and function of these motifs, Nigo draws on the Japanese sensibility of flora and fauna as signifiers of symbols and feelings.