Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Kenzo

Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Kenzo

Space explorers

Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

For their SS16 collection, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim drew from unchartered territory — all the way out from space

The Kenzo show was set against... a desert landscape strewn with rocks and boulders, almost reminiscent of the planet Mars, where a space travel-inspired collection was presented.

Lim drew on her skydiving experience... where pull tags (referenced from aviation suits) created ruching effects on sweaters, jackets and sleeves. Other references include bags that resembled canopies.

While the details may simply seem aesthetically driven... they were in fact functional. Slashed garments provided ventilation; straps served as easy adjustments tricks and crinkle cotton in dusty earth tones made sensible for an explorer.

On first observation... the fabrics used seemed straightforward, but upon closer inspection, the extremely light materials such as translucent nylon were inspired by parachute silk.

Let's talk about the unconventional fabrication... The 3D spiked sweater and pants combination that had an uncanny resemblance to a cactus, was surprisingly  soft — and even huggable. 

To see the full collection, click on the slideshow below.