This drop is full of NIGO’s contemporary twist on KENZO’s classic tiger imagery, all fun and no fierce. A third and final drop, planned to launch later this summer, will further flesh out this vision.
There’s only a little of the original rawr xD tiger logo left in NIGO’s KENZO — the classic T-shirts and hoodies remain, but in limited supply.
Instead, the designer is focused on granting the French label’s mascot a bit more dignity through flipped archival references, reinterpreting illustrations done by house founder Kenzo Takada as fresh prints.
Reversible stadium jackets, track jackets, Western shirts, cardigans, denim overalls, fair isle-style sweater vests — it’s all here and it’s all rooted in the retro menswear that NIGO himself has fastidiously recreated over the past decade through other outlets.
The newly abstracted KENZO logo and classic rectangle branding is given place of prominence alongside more abstract watercolor-style tigers and splashy flowers borrowed directly from Takada’s personal sketchbook.
Easy in shape and style, it gives NIGO’s fans and longtime KENZO followers an easy entry into the reformatted house. And, best of all, NIGO’s timeless blazers and reversible hoodies will never go out of style.