Kenneth Ning’s Summer/Spring 2016 collection is a refreshing exploratory leap from seasons past. The color palette has evolved to evoke bright spices. Complex prints reminiscent of sand mandalas bounce throughout the line. Vibrant mustard yellow and crisp jade run along side deep navy. Floral jacquards punctuate a horizontal take on the pinstripe suit. Sheer bandanas emblazoned with floral prints serve to accessorize the outfits, sometimes going so far as to shield the entire face from view.
The relaxed fit remains in place. Careful tailoring remains the foundation upon which the line is pieced together. Even without the impeccable styling of the New York Men’s Day presentation, the line comes together in a cohesive way, telling a story that draws us in and leaves us wanting more. To finish off the looks, Cat Footwear provided the boots from their industrial line. The modified laces added the perfect touch to the overall collection.
The collection holds a playful, youthful mystery. “We immersed ourselves in the unfamiliar.” Reinvention seems to be a key point for many of the newer labels this season – Kenneth Ning is leading the movement. And boy, are we glad he is.