59 posts tagged "Comme des Garcons"
This Friday, Comme des Garçons will kick off its second New York Market Market, a four-day shopping festival that offers clothes and accessories—most of which will be sold at 70 percent off—from all the Comme brands. Featuring wares made over the last eight years, the sale is located in a raw space on West 30th Street, and will include several items that have never before been available Stateside. Not to be pushy, but this is one retail extravaganza you probably don’t want to miss.
Open from Friday, May 10, through Monday, May 13, New York Market Market will be located at 127 West 30th Street. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. on May 10, 11, and 13, and from 12 p.m. through 8 p.m. on May 12.
This week’s New York magazine is the “Childhood in New York” issue, one close to my heart as someone who spent—and occasionally misspent—his childhood in the city. So did Zac Posen, who is among the natives who shared reminiscences with the mag of growing up downtown. New York then was a place where you could meet Polly Mellen at the Comme des Garçons store (still on Wooster Street!) just by admiring her shoes. It was also the days when Soho was good-old, bad-old Soho, where models lived and everyone else beelined. As Posen remembers it: “I would stare outside and watch all the supermodels living on Mercer and Greene Street and get a peek of Cindy Crawford or of Naomi Campbell. I remember when Madonna would go to the doctor, who was in the ground floor of my building. I mean, the street parted. She shut down Spring Street.”
Throughout Tokyo fashion week, we’ve had Misha Janette reporting on the city’s most exciting shows. To see Style.com’s complete Tokyo fashion week coverage, click here.
Saturday marked the sixth and final day of Tokyo fashion week, and it was dedicated to the city’s top menswear designers. Comme des Garçons itself doesn’t show in Tokyo, but it was exciting to see its youthful Ganryu label (left) take to the catwalk. Designed by Fumito Ganryu, who was formerly a patternmaker for Junya Watanabe, Ganryu showed a Fall '13 range that catered to an urban huntsman—a man who pairs cable-knit sweaters and puffy down vests with super low drop-crotch pants and high maintenance coifs. A dress shirt with trompe l’oeil vest appliqué showed off Ganryu’s progressive nature.
Facetasm focused on separates in its collection of layered workwear-cum-dress clothes. Kilts, slips, peplums, and sleeve-only bolero jackets all made an appearance. Each piece boasted its own details, like basket-weaving and original line drawings of a forest or old-school tattoos. For the women, there were formfitting silhouettes with pastel-colored ruffled trim.
Making its debut on Saturday was Mr. Gentleman, a brand headed by Takeshi “Big-O” Osumi of popular menswear brand Phenomenon, and Yuichi Yoshii, who is the director of Tokyo’s top multi-brand superstore, The Contemporary Fix. Together, they produced a casual and modern wardrobe that featured slim-cut tweed leisure suits and retro letterman jackets. For a twist, the designers showed a leather-lined and zipper-trimmed peacoat and an argyle-print jacket.
The week closed with a large-scale installation show by new label C.E. With former BAPE designer Skate Thing at its creative helm, the brand used 3-D mapping technology to create a kaleidoscopic fashion feast. C.E.’s standouts, like hoodies and colorful board shorts, furthered the familiar urban look that Skate Thing does best.
It’s ready-to-wear time, but the fashion set will fete made-to-measure clothes tonight when Paris Haute Couture opens at the Hôtel de Ville. The Swarovski-sponsored exhibition showcases one hundred pieces from the Musée Galliera’s archives and a few loans from private collections. According to curator Olivier Saillard, the Galliera’s director, it tells a chronological story, starting with Charles Frederick Worth at the turn of the century (the show’s first dress was owned by the Comtesse Greffulhe, who inspired Marcel Proust’s Duchesse de Guermantes) and ending with one of the final pieces Cristóbal Balenciaga made before he shuttered his couture business in 1968.
Many of the dresses are juxtaposed with contemporary pieces; “For me, haute couture is not a discipline slave to the present,” Saillard explained. A Galliano-designed Dior, for example, is matched with Paul Poiret, while a 1920s Chanel is paired with a dress from Bouchra Jarrar’s latest couture collection. Saillard has affection for every piece in the show, but he’s partial to the 1930s. “The thirties is the most elegant period. There were a lot of women designers: Vionnet, Chanel, Schiaparelli—that means something,” he said. “They didn’t see back to the past, they see only the future.” As for couture’s future, Saillard says it’s not dead. “There are a lot of designers interested in haute couture: Raf Simons at Dior; Comme des Garçons is doing another kind of couture; Nicolas Ghesquière was, for me, a good designer who could make haute couture.”
Paris Haute Couture is free to the public from March 2 through July 6, at the Hôtel de Ville.
This season, H&M—the Swedish high-street retailer best known for its high-low fashion collaborations with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Comme des Garçons, Versace, and, most recently, Maison Martin Margiela, will show its Fall ’13 collection on February 27, during Paris fashion week. This marks the first time the retailer has presented its collection via a fashion show since 2005 (unless, as WWD notes, you count the events for the limited-edition designer collaborations, or the 2010 Lanvin for H&M “couture” show that featured Dree Hemingway and Pixie Geldof, pictured left).
H&M joins retailers like Topshop (whose Unique show has been one of the hottest tickets at London fashion week since it began in 2005), J.Crew (the brand made its official New York fashion week debut in 2011), and now, thanks to its collaboration with Rihanna, River Island (Fall ’13 marks the fast-fashion retailer’s first time on the London fashion week calendar) in revealing its collection on fashion’s international stage. This is a smart move for H&M, one that is perhaps indicative of consumers’ high-low styling tendencies (à la Michelle Obama at the inauguration, with her now infamous J.Crew belt and custom Thom Browne coat). Fashion-savvy men and women have been mixing H&M’s affordable wares with pieces by luxury labels for years now, so why not show both fashion varieties in the same context?