Comme des Garçons Comme des Garçons
March 02, 2014 Paris
In fact, much of what was shown might seem familiar to anyone familiar with the label. In part this is because certain pieces—the droopy pants, unstructured jackets, and the recurring white-stitched motifs—have become such fixtures that devotees expect to find them season after season. But it's also typical for Rei Kawakubo to revisit and rethink, which is why you'll find a full skirt that has a slightly altered, uneven drape, or a rumpled serge-stripe jacket that has been afforded a tux tail.
While it might be tempting to project some level of 1940s functional wartime dressing onto this collection, that labeling serves no purpose. What differentiates Comme des Garçons Comme des Garçons are the mini propositions; each idea gets explored as a handful of clearly delineated looks. Just notice how the four graphic-checked coats give way to a sampling of white georgette and cotton T-shirts with tied bows and flattened rosettes. The lineup was as precise as the show was punctual. It takes effort to achieve such ease.