Under the artistic direction of Nigo, KENZO releases the third drop in a series of limited-edition capsule collections for Spring-Summer 2022. Available in flagship stores worldwide in April 2022, it is the most compre-hensive capsule wardrobe to hit stores since the appointment of Nigo as Artistic Director of KENZO in September 2021. The drop follows the desi-gner’s debut runway show for the Maison in January 2022, with one addi-tional capsule to come.
The third capsule collection revolves around denim. A key element in Ni-go’s own design tradition, Japanese denim is exercised across a selection of reinterpreted wardrobe tropes and married with the KENZO boke flower created by the Artistic Director upon his arrival at the Maison. Denim de-fines a collection comprised of eight pieces for women and seven pieces for men, all genderless in nature. The backs of denim blousons are em-broidered with the boke logo, which likewise appears on the pockets of elongated denim jackets, and those of denim trousers and a knee-length skirt. True to the staple spirit of the capsule, patch pocket overshirts ap-pear alongside oversized t-shirts and relaxed t-shirts with pocket detailing. The collection is retained in the authentic blues of denim, with nuances of grey and white.
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 na-tural 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.