MAISON KITSUNÉ AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR PARIS FASHION WEEK
You gotta love globalization: Without it, how could a French record label-turned-design house that regularly riffs on Americana ever produce a gamine collection so pleasingly spritzed with the spirit of K-pop? In truth, said Maison Kitsuné founder Gildas Loaëc, the Korean elements in this collection—fine-drawn designs by a Korean artist named Moonassi; Korean flag-print flannel oxford shirtdresses—actually originated in Japan. For it was through the Kitsuné team’s work (and store) in Tokyo that artists such as G-Dragon and Girls’ Generation first permeated their consciousness.
So the Kitsuné fox wore a Korean-flag baseball cap on bomber-jacket chest patches, and the company’s boxy-cut high-hemmed sweatshirts were emblazoned with “K.I.M.” (Kitsuné Institute of Music). There was a compilation’s worth of K-prep cuteness with standouts including a jersey-knit polo-collar dress with a skirt of gray flannel and a chest of blue ribbed knit, and a fluffed, red-on-black tartan school skirt. Kitsuné’s fundamentally French point of view—in womenswear, much informed by Loaëc’s wife, Romy—was not deserted. A waxed drawstring sailing coat and a Breton knit and gold-buttoned jersey pullover were knowingly repackaged French marine classics—and it says “Parisian” on those baseball caps and sweatshirts. Vive la différence.