Maison Kitsuné Rocks The Roof-------
If you were expecting Maison Kitsuné to host a run-of-the-mill Spring ’14 womenswear presentation, you don’t know Maison Kitsuné. The ever hip fashion and music collective founded by music industry vet Gildas Loaëc and architect Masaya Kuroki has been known to bring the pair’s passions together when debuting new collections (during a special Fall ’13 presentation at Pitti, for instance, they showed their lineup on a series of cult pop bands). Spring was no different. On Thursday night, atop the roof of the NoMad Hotel (the brand has a boutique on the ground floor), Kitsuné presented its street-meets-prep range of branded tops, bubbly skirts, saucy summer suits (think short shorts and matching little jackets), and rompers on models who moseyed through a cocktail-sipping crowd. The new duds were also worn by Chairlift, a synth pop duo made up of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly, who played to a swaying crowd.
Despite the fact that it was a sweltering ninety degrees that evening, the models looked cool in their chartreuse, cherry, dusty blue, and peach wares. One sundress, which tied at the back, was held together with buttons and could be split into a skirt and crop top ensemble. “It’s for days like today, when it’s very hot and you want to feel a little breeze,” laughed Loaëc. That same frock was covered in an allover print of tiny foxes—a signature for the Paris-based maison, whose name means “fox” in Japanese. “Some people have le crocodile, some people have le tigre, and we have our fox,” said Loaëc of the motif, which also appeared on a white sweatshirt. “It’s good to have a little something that makes you stand out.”
Maison Kitsuné is available at Opening Ceremony, Colette, Maison Kitsuné boutiques, and www.kitsune.fr.