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Kenzo treks to the vivid Asian jungle

 Paris Parcours, a group of practitioners of parkour performs prior to the show of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the P...
 A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...
 A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...
 A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...
 A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...
 Models wear a creations of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30,...
 A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...
 A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...
 A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...
 A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

Paris Parcours, a group of practitioners of parkour performs prior to the show of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the P...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

Models wear a creations of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30,...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Paris Fashion Kenzo

A model wears a creation of Kenzo as part of the Men's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, for the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 30...

Kenzo understands color.
For spring-summer 2013, the French house founded by a Japanese designer travelled to the South Asian jungle _ to return with one of the strongest and subtly vivid menswear collections of the season.
"We were inspired by a trip to Thailand last year," said one half of the design duo, Humberto Leon.
Down the catwalk trekked bright camouflage prints, deer-stalker hats and even canteens with a harness to stay hydrated.
"I wanted to give people a survival kit: everything they might need if they were stranded in the jungle," added Leon.
But the flirtation with the tropics was just the far-flung concept.
The true strength of the show lay with its grounded and subtle working of tonal color _ a trick that few designers manage to grasp.
Light short-sleeved shirts with rolled sleeves and wide Asian-style deep-pleated pants came in yellow, blue and orange.
But the clothes' color was muted, not primary: a careful effect produced by carefully dying material to an exactly matching tonal strength.
The rare result was comfortable harmony.
It invoked founder Kenzo Takada's key philosophy: Clothes should be wearable.
Flashes of vivid color occasionally punctuated the muted palette.
Camouflage print in flashes of bright jewel tones made sure of that _ print, another of Takada's codes given good mileage here.
The intense, hazy patterns perfectly captured the rainforest's dappled light, while referencing busy Asian fabric patterning.
One of the must-haves of the show was a pair of pleated baggy pants in florid vermilion.
On their sophomore outing in menswear, Leon and his design partner Carol Lim passed with flying colors.
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Updated : 2021-01-27 00:38 GMT+08:00