Power Pop Romp

Crowds are like cardboard, rain melts them away, unless of course the audience turns up for Kenzo, who staged its menswear show on a rain swept Pont Alexandre III and still managed to cause a huge traffic snafu, and get hundreds of passing tourists instagraming like hardened pros.

Powerful polka dots punching beyond their weight at Kenzo
Powerful polka dots punching beyond their weight

It felt like a Power Pop revival meeting, as skinny models marched down the bridge’s stone stairways in acid hued, color block jean jackets, lean pants and mega polkadot pink and chocolate colored suits. Their faces made up with rectangular color patches and offbeat plasters, they survived in faded denim officer’s jackets with contrasting buttons and thin boardwalk shorts covered in bold Kenzo logos.

Runway raggery for a running-inspired logo-look at Kenzo
Runway raggery for a running-inspired logo-look

The smartest ploy by design duo, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim: Witty cut out images of the Statue of Liberty and the Les Miserables poster fused onto roomy sweatshirts. “It’s our homage to all things French,” laughed Leon, taking interviews underneath the 19the century bridge, a gift by another foreigner, the Tsar of Russia, to the people of Paris. Even the founder Kenzo Takada, the original eastern king of color, looked pleased. “It reminded me of my youth,” laughed San Takada, dressed, remarkably, in steely gray.

Lim and Leon present velcro sneakers, acid jeans and Liberty-printed knits as fashion's latest game-changers, at Kenzo
Lim’s and Leon’s latest game changers: velcro sneakers, acid jeans and printed knits

With hoards of out-of-towners pushing forward for views, there was a great Qui etes vous Polly Maggoo moment when show production team truly got their knickers in a twist yelling at the innocent passersby. But that only helped add to the fashion moment as the cast posed on the wide trottoir, at attention before the gold leaf of the famed pont, with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. The Dream still lives.

Flat, but perfect in form - Kenzo's handbags are fancifully fashionable at Kenzo
Flat, but perfect in form – Kenzo’s handbags are fancifully fashionable