Tomoaki Nagao, best known to the world as the mononymous designer Nigo, will be presenting his debut collection for the house of Kenzo on January 23. The 51-year-old designer will also be remembered as the first Japanese to oversee the artistic vision of the house that Kenzo Takada founded it in 1970.

The runway show will take place during the menswear season of Paris Fashion Week and kick off at 6pm Singapore time. This will be the first runway collection for Kenzo since the departure of Kenzo’s former Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista who brought a more romantic and artistic slant to the label during his two-year tenure.

Considered one of the pioneers of early Japanese streetwear, Nigo founded A Bathing Ape in the ’90s (he left in 2013) and now runs his own label Human Made. His predilection for joy, exuberance and a deep connection to the music world in his own work will be something that is bound to spill over into his work at Kenzo.

In an interview with WWD prior to his debut show, Nigo said: “I feel that quite a lot in fashion at the moment is boring, and that fashion shows have kind of compensated in a way by hyping up the spectacle element as a distraction from the clothes. I would like to reconnect with the sense of excitement that can come just from fashion itself.”