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August 29 2014

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78 posts tagged "Comme des Garcons"

There’s Nothing Generic About the New Generic Man x Comme des Garçons Sneaker Collaboration

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gm-cdg1Collaborations are a dime a dozen these days, especially in the sneaker world. They come and go and are rarely remembered, so when one sticks around longer than a single season, it’s definitely worth noting.

The Generic Man and Comme des Garçons have been at it for eight seasons now, combining the footwear brand’s luxe take on minimal styles with Rei Kawakubo’s singular aesthetic vision. “She has all the say,” says Generic Man founder and creative director Brandon Day, who also has ongoing collaborations with Public School and Mark McNairy. “She does all the designing, and what she comes up with—there’s a reason for it—makes sense for her in the collections. It’s crazy, it always works, and I think that’s why she’s so respected and has the success she’s had.”

This season Kawakubo selected The Champion style from The Generic Man lineup for two black leather styles, each with hand-poured black, gray, green, and white marbled soles, with no two alike.

The Generic Man for Comme des Garçons Shirt Fall 2014 sneakers, $345, available now at End Clothing.

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Editor Obsessions: Vintage Alaïa Black Hooded Zipper Dress

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alaia-sizedEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

My Alaïa obsession is second only to my Comme des Garçons addiction, so when I received an e-mail today that Resurrection Vintage got in a black Alaïa zipper dress from 1986 (a favorite of Grace Jones’), my heart skipped a beat. To say this saucy little number, whose swirling zips are almost Charles Jamesian, is timeless would be a gross understatement. It’s going to look divine when paired with high-heeled booties or even my Prada combat boots. The only question remaining is, if I plan on donning it with the hood up, can I still wear a hat?

Alaïa black hooded zipper dress, price upon request. For more information, visit resurrectionvintage.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Dover Street Market Dives Into Social Media, Comme Opts to Stay at 0 Followers

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dover-street-instaLena Dunham and Jack Antonoff, Gary Janetti and Brad Goreski, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen—those are some of social media’s newly crowned “power couples,” according to a NYT story out today. The writers, musicians, and models all made the list for their strategic—and very successful—use of social media platforms (Instagram and Twitter) to promote their partners’ projects, be it a new book or movie deal or clothing line release. Designers and fashion brands weren’t included as a part of the list, although we can think of several pairings that would have been an excellent fit.

The pioneering retail outpost Dover Street Market and its parent company, Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo, however, don’t come to mind. They have remained staunch holdouts of the Internet age and completely inactive on social media—until now. Dover Street Market, in celebration of its 10th anniversary, has just announced it’s diving into social media, starting with an Instagram account (@doverstreetmarketlondon) that will officially kick off tomorrow. (We took a quick look—they already have more than 400 followers.) But the company won’t be leveraging its two brands on social to propel their successes—Comme reportedly has no plans to launch social media accounts.

“It’s the same reason why there is no Comme des Garçons website—it’s just images and information. [Rei Kawakubo] has enough to do. She makes the clothes. Dover Street is a different animal. It comes from the same mother, the same birth, but it’s a different thing—maybe getting more different,” Adrian Joffe, a partner of Kawakubo and president of the Paris-based Comme des Garçons International, told Business of Fashion.

Instead, the company’s social media “strategy” going forward is to differentiate the two. “As [Dover Street Market] grows, who knows where the future takes us? Maybe suddenly it will get so big and different, it’ll become actually separated,” said Joffe.

Run by AnOther magazine’s Web editor Laura Bradley, the Dover account will be full of “abstract messaging,” featuring chapters and stories instead of more classic retail store Instagram posts. “We want to use Instagram as a magazine,” said Joffe. Thank God—our feed has enough selfies and sunsets these days anyways.

Photo: Courtesy of @doverstreetmarketlondon

“Summer Blacks” Are White-Hot This Season

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080614_Now_Trending_Summer_Black_BLOGCrispy whites always get a lot of love this time of the year, so here at Style.com, we’re paying tribute to the reliably chic, flattering look our editors have coined “summer blacks.” Chalk it up to our New Yorker mentalities, but on any given day at the office during the warmer months, you’re likely to catch Nicole Phelps wearing her trusty 3.1 Phillip Lim jumpsuit, Katharine K. Zarrella donning inky Comme des Garçons, and the Williamsburg-based editors tucking vintage band tees into their dark skinnies. But we’re not the only ones championing—in the words of Jay Z—all-black everything this season. Celebrities from Zoe Saldana to Sofia Coppola have recently been spotted in head-to-toe onyx outfits, while the slimming noncolor remains a staple for models-off-duty like Anja Rubik, Liya Kebede, and Daria Strokous (not that they need the help). Designers including Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Josh Goot featured LBDs and graphite crop tops in their respective Resort lineups—more proof that black is, well, the new black.

Here, a slideshow of our favorite summer blacks.

Of Clothes and Cats: Adrian Joffe and Simone Rocha Have a Heartfelt Chat in Love‘s Latest Issue

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Christy Love Cover

Simone Rocha may not have taken home the LVMH Prize, but the 27-year-old designer is in greater demand than ever. This month she’s poised (like Christopher Kane before her) to launch a collaboration with J Brand, and in Love‘s latest issue, she sits down with Comme des Garçons International president (and husband to designer Rei Kawakubo) Adrian Joffe. Joffe has been a staunch supporter since Rocha debuted her first collection with Fashion East back in 2010, and he also happens to have known the designer since she was a child. In the Q&A, moderated by Love editor Jack Sunnucks, Rocha and Joffe talk cultural identity, her “abysmal” academic performance, and the six dearly departed Joffe-Kawakubo cats. Also of note? The possibility that a Simone Rocha scent may just be hitting Dover Street Market shelves in the future.

An exclusive excerpt as well as a Patrick Demarchelier-lensed, Katie Grand-styled portrait of Rocha (sporting her own design) debuts below. To read the full interview, pick up Love Issue 12, as covered by Christy Turlington (shot by Inez & Vinoodh, and pictured above), Adriana Lima, Kendall Jenner, and Amy Adams. It hits newsstands July 28.

When Love joins Simone Rocha and Adrian Joffe, the pair are debating the very important topic of pets: Adrian has just revealed that he and his wife, Rei Kawakubo, used to have six cats at home in Japan.

Simone RochaAdrian Joffe: We liked cats, but there’s none left—they’re all gone. So nothing at the moment. But with traveling and everything it’s sad to leave animals alone, isn’t it?

Simone Rocha: That’s exactly what happened to me. We ended up moving around so much. They really need company.

AJ: Being half Chinese, half Irish—does that influence your work, do you think? Do you feel Chinese or Irish? Or does it not matter?

SR: I think it does matter. They’re so different. But one thing that is very important in both Irish culture and Chinese culture is family. So both my mum and dad have really big families and really important relationships with all their family. I love being Irish and not looking Irish, and I love going to Hong Kong and knowing that my granny lives there and my aunts and uncles, and I can go out and they’ll all speak Cantonese and play mah-jongg.

AJ: I’m guessing, though, that you don’t like to be referred to as Simone Rocha, the half-Chinese, half-Irish designer. That limits you, doesn’t it?

SR: I’d rather just be a designer. But I am very proud. I don’t mind being called an Irish designer, because a lot of people call me a British designer. I can feel the whole Ireland kicking off when that happens!

AJ: Do you remember your first memory of liking fashion? Was there one thing that set your love of fashion in motion?

SR: It actually just felt totally natural being around fashion, being around clothes. I absolutely love the smell of plastic bags—you know, when everything’s being hung up and shipped out.

I decided to do fine art originally, because I thought fashion would be a cliché. But after a year in college I’d done sculpture, ceramics, print—and then the very last discipline was fashion. And then I was like, Oh no, this is it—this is how I can translate my creativity.

I was actually a terrible student. I was abysmal in my B.A. None of my teachers thought I cared. And I didn’t. But I was still producing work, and there was obviously something in it!

AJ: You were having fun, I hope!

SR: That was the problem! I was having far too much fun—far too interested in socializing. But then I got in on the M.A., and around two weeks into it… Well, I’d never cared so much about something in my whole life.

AJ: So now you’ve done three shops with Dover Street. Can we do your perfume, too?

SR: That would be fabulous! I’d love that. I already know what it will smell like. Something real, but something really special.

Photos: Inez & Vinoodh (cover); Patrick Demarchelier (Simone Rocha)