Back in early February, we all got a little treat. See, despite the fact that Nigo’s first full collection for Kenzo isn’t due until this fall, the brand decided to give us a preview of what’s to come in the form of a limited-edition capsule collection. That one, fittingly, was inspired by the Japanese boke flower, which blooms in February.
Now, as April draws to a close, we’re getting another look at Nigo’s version of Kenzo. This time around, there’s a different flower at the core of the limited-edition capsule. Drawing on the archives of founder Kenzo Takada, Nigo landed on a big, bright poppy print. Splashed all over a white camp-collar shirt and matching shorts, it’s the sort of thing that makes it feel like summer arrived early. Placed more subtly on pieces like a black pocket tee, it’s a nice dose of springtime-y optimism. The whole collection—the fourth and final of spring 2022—releases on May 6 on Kenzo’s site and at the brand’s NYC store, plus select Dover Street Market and Saks Fifth Avenue locations (and the retailers’ websites).
We’ve already delved into a (brief) history of Nigo’s many creative endeavors, so I won’t belabor the point here. But the gist of it is: As the founder of wildly influential brands like Bape and Human Made—as well as a prolific collaborator—the Japanese designer-slash-musician is a true force in the fashion world. So it was a big damn deal when he was named artistic director of Kenzo back in September of 2021. The only letdown was the timing, since it meant that the first full collection he’d have a chance to work on would arrive nearly a year after that initial announcement. These capsule collections, though, are a chance to score a bit of fashion history before the main event. People are, understandably, excited.
If you’re looking to score anything from the collection, mark your calendar now. The gap between May 6 and that first full collection is a long one. It’ll feel even longer if you miss out this time around.
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