Kenzo Menswear A/W11

Antonio Marras brought out a collection based on British country gents and his love for distressed jeans

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Inspired by Cluedo and British detective flicks, Antonio Marras showed an Anglophile collection during the Paris Menswear week. Tartan suits and kilts pointed towards a Scottish obsession but the general atmosphere was one of country gent. There was a fair bit of strong colours in the show, often clashing shades of the same nuances (red, yellow and green). Underneath double and single breasted jackets we saw an array of different kinds of bottoms, everything from trackies and distressed jeans to leather trousers and fine wool trousers. Lapel less fur outerwear shared the stage with puffa coats and floral printed suits. The Kenzo collection covered a lot of sartorial ground, meaning that supplied us with enough material for a full range wardrobe alternative.

Dazed Digital: What was your main inspiration?
Antonio Marras: It was English detective movies and film posters full of strong colour. That's why the classic silhouettes were broken off with strong colour. 

DD: There was a 40s school boy touch to the certain outfits...
Antonio Marras: Yes, it was countryside Lord mixed with a bad boy in London city! I wanted to mix the British way of dressing with the Kenzo style, which is why there was flower prints mixed with checks.

DD: It's not often we see washed denim on the Kenzo catwalk!
Antonio Marras:
We wanted to create a new style for evening wear so we created these special jeans with patches, and then we put a tie on every model with a tie pin. So the shirt and tie stayed but the jacket and trouser style changed. 

DD: Do you have a favourite piece?
Antonio Marras:
Yes, it's very simple for me, I love the tailored jacket with the jeans!

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