For his autumn winter collection Antonio Marras for Kenzo was inspired by the observations of French cinema director Jacques Tati and his fictional film character Mr Hulot. An eccentric wardrobe was created by Marras to reflect the apparently accidental style of Mr Hulot as an idiosyncratic and dapper chap. 50's style tight jackets and short trousers revealed stripy socks, while flower print shirts, more stripes and Prince of Wales check, and were all styled together. Sympathetic to the original Kenzo aesthetic, colours varied from grey and brown to rich mustards, red and orange. Casual and mix matched tailoring was the key story of the show and knit wear was strong and again pure Kenzo. Studded hounds tooth on denim jeans and a double breasted coat was harder but sensitively handled. Kenzo clothes don't subscribe to the current modes of menswear - either minimal and luxurious or hard and gothic, so their appeal lies in their distinction. The collection had a new youthful approach and the challenge for Kenzo is to sell the new vision to its current customer. For the finale models marched out of the venue and paraded around the Place des Victoires as vintage Citroens circled the parade. Thankfully there was a Kenzo bus that infiltrated the traffic jam and sped the models away to safety.
Studded hounds tooth on denim jeans and a double breasted coat was harder but sensitively handled.