There is no underestimating Kazuki Kuraishi, as his kzk line with adidas Originals by Originals (ObyO) is evident of the designer’s quest to perfect details with surprising twist, and his creative versatility. In the previous preview of the adidas ObyO kzk Spring/Summer 2010 line, the overall vibe is energetic, street ready and leaning slightly towards sports performance with iconic sportswear pieces such as a contemporary take on the vintage golf jacket.
Now, with pleasant surprise, the other portion of the Spring/Summer 2010 line veers in a different direction, aiming for a preppy schoolboy look. Of course, with Kuraishi’s need to revamp, invent and leaving no detail uncovered. As an instance of testament, the school boy blazer is remade with a flexible polyester body and topped with four asymmetrically positioned pockets for a contemporary twist, but it is kept elegant and classic with generous ribbon trimming. The blazer is then layered over a slim-fitted white button down with a striped tie-pattern placket, imitating the school boy uniform while eliminating the presence of a tie. Interestingly, the zipped up pocket detail as seen on the plaid hooded jackets and black basic tee also finds itself onto the button down. Pulling the grown-up school boy look together, the suit comes with matching front-pleated pants, all redolent of the uniformed days but more flattering than before.
Other than spotlighting on designs, another credit that goes to Kuraishi for being a multi-talented designer is his ability to scope out great collaborative partners. In true kzk fashion, after collaborating with NEIGHBORHOOD (NBHD) and such, this season marks an injection of fresh creative juice from Hong Kong design collective, CLOT, and Japan’s DJ Group MINTOS. The work with MINTOS consummated into a line-up of think, supple tees, jerseys and track suits featuring the special MINTOS’ lion graphic alongside a tagline “MINTOS At The Controls” and both the adidas Originals logo and subtle stamp of kzk logo.
Last but not least, when the wearer is due for a PE session run around the track, kzk has the sports gear covered as well with a tonal nylon hooded jacket paired with matching black shorts. For those who are seeking something lighter, the grey track jacket created in hand with MINTOS comes with a matching grey shorts as well. So, stay dressed up or dressed down all within one collection and stay tuned for these at adidas ObyO kzk retailers!