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19 May

Seven Ways to Style a Shirt, Inspired by 90s Ad Campaigns

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When asked which garment she would have liked to have been responsible for creating during a rare interview in 2012, Rei Kawakubo declared, “I would have liked to invent the plain white shirt.” And it makes perfect sense that the Comme des Garçons founder champion this seemingly humble item of clothing, for despite outward appearances, the simple button-up holds infinite sartorial possibility. Much like Kawakubo herself, the white shirt is a fashion icon, but doesn’t think of itself as such. It’s a democratic garment, taking on new meaning through the way it is worn. It is both anti-fashion and high fashion, perennially chic. So if you don’t already own one, it’s about time you go out and buy it – whether...
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2 May

The Comme des Garçons Centrefold, Starring Raquel Zimmermann

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“I felt it was impossible to make something new if I thought about making clothes in the usual way. So I tried once again, as with the last six collections, to think about not making clothes as such, and this time I had the idea of making the clothes invisible, as if they were not there, as if they were part of their surroundings or objects within themselves” – Rei Kawakubo

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17 Mar

All Hail Comme Des Garçons

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Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum Rei Kawakubo, from the moment that she opened her first shop in New York, electrified the world of architecture and design. It was an entirely different way of looking at things. Raw concrete, intense white neon light, and the clothes shown so sparsely that you almost felt that you were in some dystopian future, in which the few survivors of some non-specific catastrophe were fighting over the last scraps of fabric from the old world. At the time there was nothing else like it. And pretty soon it was a universal look. In the Axis building in Tokyo she took minimalism to its 1980s extreme. She used some of the most expensive retail real estate...
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30 Nov

This 70-Something-Year-Old Is the World’s Coolest Comme des Garçons Fan

Photo: Courtesy of Suzanne Golden / @suzannagolden
The world’s biggest Comme des Garçons addict is not a teenage Rei Kawakubodie-hard in Tokyo. Instead, the fever fandom for the label comes in the form of sprite 70-something-year-old New Yorker Suzanne Golden. A beadwork artist specializing in sculptural jewelry, Golden has written a book on the craft and her work is held in the permanent collection of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. But she spends her downtime in another artful fashion, uploading outré looks to her Instagram @beadygurl. Her account’s dedicated following of more than 3,000 users dot the comment section with emoji-laden praise for her self-timed, tripod-photographed outfits. The ensembles, which are mostly Comme des Garçons but include pieces by Junya Watanabe, Undercover, and Walter Van Beirendonck, accompany her on...
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24 Nov

Comme des Garçons has created its own emojis

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In the space of a few short years, emojis have become integral to the way we communicate – Oxford Dictionaries even named “😂 ” (Face With Tears of Joy) its 2015 Word of the Year. Fashion has been quick to get in on the action: everyone from Karl Lagerfeld and Versace, to Harper’s Bazaar and Jordan Brand have launched their own, and now Comme des Garçons has done the same. The emojis riff on Comme’s famous PLAY logo, which was originally designed by Polish artist Filip Pagowski. “I remember working on something...
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1 Nov

When Art and Fashion Collide

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IT’S A DIFFERENT WORLD – OR IS IT? Try as they might, art and fashion are two worlds that can’t seem to separate from one another. From Tom Sachs and his Chanel-branded range of weaponry to Elmgreen & Dragset’s desert-located “Prada Marfa” sculpture, artists have always turned to fashion as a source for inspiration and social commentary. This connection is not one sided, however, and fashion has a history of borrowing from art just the same. Whether gaining inspiration from a classic work or inviting the artist for a turn on the catwalk, fashion designers continue to view artists as potential catalysts for the next big trend. We reminisce on the everlasting bond between art and fashion by exploring some of the most successful collaborations...
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24 Oct

The Costume Institute Just Confirmed The Theme Of The 2016 Met Gala

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Update, 10/21/16: The theme for next year's Met Gala has officially been announced. After months of speculation, the Costume Institute has confirmed that its 2017 exhibit will honor Commes des Garçons founder and designer, Rei Kawakubo. This marks only the second time that a Met exhibit has honored a living designer; the first being Yves Saint Laurent who was honored back in 1983.

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According to the New York Times, the exhibit will feature 100-120 pieces from 1981, when Kawakubo first began showing in Paris, up until now. The Met Gala itself will be held on May 1, 2017 with Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams serving as co-chairs of the event. Original Article, 8/31/16: Rei Kawakubo—the mastermind behind Comme...
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19 Oct

Wood Wood AW16 Lookbook BY Jonas Bie

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Copenhagen-based label Wood Wood’s seasonal lookbook for Autumn 2016 was shot by Jonas Bie and captures the brand’s well-known contemporary, cool street style, featuring in-store brands Bianca Chandôn, Undercover, Crista Seya, Neighborhood, Nike, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Comme des Garçons, Champion, Aimé Leon Dore, North Face, Vans, Cav Empt and Wood Wood. By mixing the brand’s own classic trousers in different lengths with tomboyish designs, such as a statement cap from Neighborhood, the lookbook creates a strong connection between timeless and cool urban pieces. With effortless oversized looks, simple beanies and a minimal colour palette – including this season’s trending colours such as burgundy and olive – the editorial embodies the perfect mix of all the in-store brands. Find at the lookbook below and...
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4 Oct

The “Invisible Clothes” of Comme des Garçons

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Was there any significance to the fact that, not long before the much-anticipated announcement of a 2017 Comme des Garçons show at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the words Rei Kawakubo used to describe her collection were "invisible clothes"? She is the first living designer ever to be honoured with her own retrospective at the gallery, testimony, if any were needed, to the scale of her influence. Kawakubo, who has done so much to shape the modern wardrobe, is also passionately anarchic, however; throughout her career she has refused to kowtow to fashion industry systems, preferring instead to follow her own path, and by so doing she has created a fashion empire that...
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29 Sep

Exploring an Archival Odyssey of Comme des Garçons

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When Rei Kawakubo opened her first Comme des Garçons boutique in Tokyo in 1973, the revolutionary retail space – where collections were stored unseen in a backroom – did not contain a single mirror. "You just had to feel confident and had to learn about the way the clothes felt on you," explains Octavius la Rosa, the founder of the Melbourne-based vintage boutique dot COMME, which specialises in museum-worthy archival pieces by Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Bernhard Willhelm and Walter Van Beirendonck. "It was so radical." Now, after a decade of sourcing rare Comme des Garçons designs –  from silhouette distorting pieces from the seminal womens S/S97 Lumps and Bumps collection, to mens pixelated camo...
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