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August 31 2014

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78 posts tagged "Comme des Garcons"

The New Right Hand At Diane, Scenes From The Crash, And More…

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It’s a changing of the guard at DVF: Longtime creative director Nathan Jenden (pictured, with Diane) is stepping down to focus on his own line, and Yves Mispelaere—formerly of Chloé and Gucci—is taking the reins. [WWD]

Collab-happy Comme des Garçons is at it again. The brand is working with Moncler in Japan to launch a pop-up store at CDG’s revolving storefront in Aoyama, selling both labels’ designs and select co-branded items. In usually cryptic Comme fashion, a spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on what exactly would be offered. So…Tokyo road trip? [WWD]

The New York Times takes the temperature of Zac Posen, who’s toned down the theatrics of his shows and lifestyle to focus on his collections. It’s the latest in a long line of What the Recession Means to Me pieces, but it’s worth a read for the gossip and the good advice. (For example: Don’t try to style Zac with the Count from Sesame Street. It’s just a coincidence that they kind of look and dress alike.) [NYT]

Gawker’s story yesterday about fashion week’s attempted teenage crashers has every PR person in town on high alert. But these guys have snuck in before. Fashionista has a shot of Remy Renzullo sitting front-row at Derek Lam—right next to Suzy Menkes. Oops. [Fashionista]

The W Hotels chain has named a fashion director, stylist Amanda Ross. She’ll “associate [the W] with the right designers,” meaning we’re not sure exactly what. Discount rates for all? [WSJ]

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Paris Menswear: Codebreaking At Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons

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The experience of watching a show by Rei Kawakubo or her protégé Junya Watanabe is akin to being given a code to crack, hardly a challenge which presents itself very often in the fashion arena. And that’s why I could reel away from today’s shows in Paris with a sense of achievement. I cracked the code! It mightn’t have been their code, but it sure worked for me. The first clue is always the invitation. Junya’s featured a tripartite photographic exposition of America’s military might. Think about it—that was the average Japanese family’s introduction to the West after World War II. Next clue: music. Junya’s was Charlie Parker’s be-bop. Now you have to imagine jazz as the sound of democracy. Then came the clothes that go with the freedom. At an average fashion show, the pork pie hats, shades and narrow black ties might be set aside as stylists’ flourishes, but here they were finishing touches to outfits that starred the slender tailoring of Parker and his cohorts, emphasised by attenuated silhouettes. Rebirth of the cool? “This is a man” was the theme of the show. It was a real Junya moment.


Mama Rei’s invitation was a plain time and place backed by a sturdy piece of card. Protective? Well, that was a giveaway. The color palette of dun military shades suggested the uniforms of men who are paid to protect society’s values at home and abroad, the shorts over pants were not a new silhouette for Comme but the fact that the shorts were buckled like kilts said “warrior” to me (and probably to ancient armies in the Scottish Highlands). Those same buckles appeared on the sturdy bulletproof-like vests that were shown under tailored jackets. The curious padded sections on those jackets could be construed as coinciding with the vital organs that lay beneath them, just like the knee, elbow and shoulder quilting. Phew! These are clothes, Jim, but not as we know them. Once your mind locks into this conceptual groove, it’s hard to trip yourself out of it. I was imagining the bearish fur coat as being a wrap for the kind of man who might need the protection the rest of the collection was pointing to (i.e. a Russian oligarch). Fortunately, the immortal Alfred Hitchcock had a paraphrase-able response. Ingrid, it’s only a fur coat.
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Photos: Andrew Thomas

How Do You Take Your Trench?

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With the holidays upon us, you’re probably looking forward to wrapping up in a cashmere blanket and settling down for a long winter’s nap. Don’t get too comfy. The Spring collections will be arriving in stores a few weeks after New Year’s, and the season’s must-have coats will go fast. In 2010, you’re going to want a trench.… OK, we know what you’re thinking: Every season, it seems, publications like ours are proclaiming, “The trench is back.” But this time, we’re not talking about the classic version. The utilitarian topper has been tweaked: At Aquascutum, Michael Herz added feminine ruffles. Alexander Wang sliced the sleeves off. Nina Ricci‘s Peter Copping went long, and the designers at Christian Dior, Comme des Garçons, and Hermès chopped their versions at the waist.


Click for a slideshow and tell us whether you’ll be adopting one of these new models or sticking with the classic.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

YSL Sells, Tavi To Tokyo, And More…

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The YSL auction numbers are in, and they’re bigger than expected. Items from the beloved designer’s estate went for around $13.4 million, including an umbrella stand ($162,475) and Hermès luggage ($44,420). Maybe you can buy good taste. [WWD]

Tavi, the pint-size fashion blogger, is heading to Tokyo. She’ll be the “guest of honor” at Comme des Garçons’ holiday party on November 27, barring any further gym class injuries. [WWD]

Michael Jackson’s rhinestone-encrusted glove, the “holy grail” of King of Pop memorabilia, went for $350,000 at auction this weekend. In case you’re wondering, that’s 10,000 times its original price. [Times Online]

This year’s National Stiletto Championship race is drawing nigh. The competition, scheduled for this Friday in Paris, boasts close to 100 contestants, who must run in three-inch (or higher) heels. The prize, clearly, is more shoes. [HuffPo]

It’s not just the clothes that are getting an upgrade at Celine, but the selling strategy, as well. Standalone stores are closing, and a “boutique concept” is on tap for next year. We’ll take those leather tops wherever we can get ‘em. [Vogue U.K.]

Abercrombie & Fitch could become part of François-Henri Pinault’s PPR family, which includes luxury labels like Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney. Does this mean Salma Hayek will have to wear lumberjack shirts and corduroy to premieres now? [The Cut]

Are Jude and Sienna back on? Either way, the New York sighting was inevitable. [NY Daily News]

Photo: Greg Kessler

Comme Together, Beyoncé Stays Local, And More…

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The highly anticipated William Rast retail rollout has begun, and it’s “aggressive.” Sounds like Justin‘s bringing sexy back again. [WWD]

Finally, an uplifting recession scorecard report: Shoe sales are way up. We swear we had no idea. [NYT]

The first Comme des Garçons/Beatles collection image is out. We were hoping for less apple and more strawberry field. [WWD]

It looks like we may get to keep Beyoncé all to ourselves. Her Malaysian concert was a no-go, and now Egypt has declared her tour an “insolent sex party.” Sounds horrible, right? [USA Today]

Donatella confirms rumors that Georgia May Jagger (our latest Beauty Icon) is the face of the new Versace campaign. This, plus Daisy Lowe’s new Louis Vuitton booking, means we are officially in hot British rocker progeny overdrive. [WWD]

Karlie Kloss totally knows how to change your oil. Explore the inner workings of models’ minds on www.modelsaresmart.tumblr.com. [HuffPo]

Escada: Saved! The label has finally been acquired. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Comme Des Garcons