For her follow-up collaboration with Maison Kitsuné, designer Olympia Le-Tan has imagined a collection as suited to lounging around as living it up. Channeling moods of both restlessness and release, the collection comprises clothes that deliver more than wearability; they become expressions of a good time.
Naturally, at this house, the Kitsuné Fox plays host. Look no further than the season’s illustrations by New York artist, Aurel Schmidt, whose meticulous drawings are at once amusing and twisted in nature. Here, she depicts our Iconic Fox carousing with various surprise guests including a cockroach and a rat. These lively scenes appear on core jersey pieces and as an all-over print on pajama-style separates, sending the message that even household pests like to party.
This comes through in the corresponding campaign, photographed by Alice Hawkins, that depicts a crew of friends finding ways to dress up and entertain themselves. Among the key groupings : a reworked Liberty motif in olive green applied to smocked shirtdresses and woven buttonfront tops; workwear coats in versatile Moleskine; and classic cardigans and jumpers – some in fisherman knit, others placed with jacquard graphics – in soft shades of blush, sea foam and powder blue. Often, the pieces are layered nonchalantly to create ensembles that convey cozy cool.
An additional statement print features collaged vintage black and white photos that pay homage to Harajuku youth culture from the 1970s. On a jacket trimmed with faux fur, the effect is bold and original.
Accessories are a strong part of this collaboration, as unisex tote bags, trainers, small leather goods and assorted lifestyle trinkets make the ideal backdrop for the season’s prints. A selection of soft wool scarves and beanies can be added to any look, whether staying in or heading out.
The collection will be available online at MaisonKitsune.com, at Maison Kitsuné boutiques as well as selected retailers on November 16th 2022.