Comme des Garçons Spring 2019 Ready-To-Wear
The idea of a uniform informed Rei Kawakubo’s latest creations for Comme des Garçons Comme des Garçons, but of course it spun further from there. As this is a more commercial counterpoint to her main line, the basic concept suited quite well, as did the deliberately no-frills manner of presentation—on racks at the Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, headquarters and as a mini-show on the office’s seventh floor for staff. Still, there was visual poetry in the progressive themes and variations of the simple dark jacket and skirt that Kawakubo must have worn as a girl in school. Nostalgic in a way, yet current; you still see students wearing it to and from classes today.
It began with a blazer with a Peter Pan collar. The next was altered—the collar now slightly pointed with two Western breast pockets versus the former’s single square—but so subtly, one might miss the difference at a glance. There was a wide range of suit coats, collared shirtdresses, striped smocks and aprons, polka-dot shirts, pleated skirts, and the other somewhat scholarly staples one might expect. On a mannequin, the team had placed a wool blazer and knee-length kilt that so keenly recalled one category of Japanese school uniform, elevated by the fineness of fabric and line. With it came a little leather back harness of sorts with very slim pockets (a bondage-inspired backpack, perhaps?) that would be great fun for kids and adults.
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