It’s no secret that a lot of designers these days are fascinated with the 90s and are intent on giving their own spin on what was undoubtedly a colorful era in fashion history. Perhaps one of the most enthusiastic to do so was Ryohei Kawanishi, whose Spring 2019 Menswear collection was a mish-mash of all sorts of 90s references all twisted and turned to attract millennials and Gen Z-ers. His line this season was all about skate culture, surf culture, internet nerd-culture, and a few touches of “Adventure Time” in collaboration with the Cartoon Network program. The utilitarian aspects—cargo pants and denim pieces—were undoubtedly the skater culture part of the equation. Open shirts and soft tops harken to the days of carefree surfing in places like Miami, Los Angeles, and Malibu. While the use of bright vivid hues on a multitude of looks clearly nodded to the early internet days of nerd-culture. But what about “Adventure Time”? A few logo-ed pieces and a cameo from BMO made for an exciting capsule sub-collection. The show was arguably too much to take, but everything was interesting nonetheless. The only question that remains now is will the consumers of today still be fascinated with clothes evidently inspired by the past?
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