Comme des Garçons
January 26, 2006 Paris
The Ted isn't the most original fashion influence perhaps, but there was a new appeal in the oversized proportions of broad-shouldered jackets that dropped to mid-thigh, and voluminous pleated trousers (if only because the shrunken silhouette's dominance has become so numbing). Drapes came single- and double-breasted, in pinstripes, panne velvet, or sparkling like a bandleader's. Some were decorated with strips of fabric that also traced the leg of the accompanying trousers.
Fringing on shirts and jackets had the flavor of a C&W bad boy; the hand formation known as the devil's horns, printed on another shirt, added a hint of heavy metal. So did the barbed wire and chain-link fence prints. The models, meanwhile, moved at a snail's pace, a development we've seen several times this season, leading one adroit fashion observer to remark that "slow walking is the new sashay."