Though Yuni Ahn has long since departed, Maison Kitsuné is still very much engaged in elevating approachable design ethos on occasion. As such, the brand has launched its new Guest Designer Series, wherein different creatives will take a turn updated the brand’s signatures; first up is former Fenty design director Marcus Clayton.
Clayton cut his teeth at brands as diverse as Louis Vuitton, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander Wang and Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy, before settling at Fenty at Rihanna‘s bequest. For Kitsune, Claytown has taken cues from the ties that bind both Tokyo and Paris, the homes of the international brand’s two founders, yielding a sophisticated array of European-indebted designs.
Revamped French staples (cotton poplin shirts and genderless maxi shirts) are unified with Clayton’s vision of Japanese streetwear (tough twill, waxed gabardines and silk Habotai bandanas) in a fusion of casual and tailored silhouettes. Neutral earth tones join pale blue shades and flashes of grassy green across a variety of oversized field jackets, striped shirting, polo dresses and trim T-shirts. Kitsuné-branded sweaters and knitwear reinforce a well-heeled motif, while safari hats and cargo pants hint at something more sturdy.
Stores like HBX will host Maison Kitsuné’s latest early next year.
A similar appreciation for European staples informs Nanushka’s own Spring/Summer 2021 range.