Nahmias helped wrap up Paris Fashion Week Men’s on Sunday with a special performance by Kodak Black during the parade of models walking down the runway at the Palais de Tokyo.
The performance also marked the beginning of a new collaboration between the American rapper and the LA-based brand. During the show, founder and creative his director Doni Namias unveiled his 10-piece collection co-created with Kodak Black, the rapper’s first foray into fashion. A page from Kodak’s personal notebook containing lyrics written in true stream of consciousness is seen imprinted on a purple faux-fur overcoat. You can see some purple. The key look is his purple tailored suit with rhinestone hearts sewn into the lapel and the words ‘Love’ and ‘War’ woven into his sleeves.
When it comes to footwear, Namias is expanding its Five-O sneaker program, which first launched with its Spring 2023 collection in June. New colorways have been added this season along with leather and Sherpa styles. “Sherpa adds a playful element to the hip-hop-influenced collection,” Namias told FN during a pre-show walkthrough. It’s alive, but he confirmed to FN that it won’t be on sale anytime soon.
Elsewhere in the collection, which Nahmias dubs “California Poetry,” references to 90s California hip-hop culture can be found throughout. According to show notes, the collection is a “modern translation” of the environment in which Namias grew up in California, and a “modern embodiment” of the designer’s personal closet.
Taking inspiration from personal vintage pieces in his wardrobe, the silhouettes throughout the collection are relaxed and easy. Fuzzy faux-fur outerwear, fuzzy bucket hats, graffiti prints on loose wide-leg denim, and trousers evoke ’90s fits. Embellishments and patchwork can also be seen on denim.
In the spirit of the brand code and DNA, poppy flower images and iconography appear in the collection. The California poppy is the official state flower, and silk pieces in the collection are adorned with custom poppies hand-painted by the brand’s in-house painters.
Additionally, tailoring debuted for the brand this season, furthering Nahmias’ approach to aesthetics. The blazer is oversized, the trousers are loose fitting, and the shades allow each piece to be worn individually. Another addition is the use of California poppies, a nod to the California state flower, for the collection’s silk pieces.