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MAN AND INDUSTRY

For F/W 10, designer Rei Kawakubo put her brilliant Comme des Garçons spin on fashion’s current fascination with workwear. Three-piece suits got tough with the assistance of bullet-proof vests and reinforced welt seams. Sturdy industrial nylons and functional trims like utility clips at sides of roomy shorts contrasted with laundered corduroys, dense tweeds, winter-weight poplins and vintage-y knotted leather buttons.  As if suggesting that the modern working man might find himself in a tight spot,  Kawakubo added elbow and knee pads to tailored clothing and had models wear detached fur-lined hoods and heavy Vibram-soled shoes. More layers appeared in the form of zip-out lining silhouettes, in ratty fur or felted wool, worn under suits or as coats. As always, Kawakubo is a master of her craft, presenting unconventional ideas that can easily be interpreted in understandable ways, and that are sure to impact this season and beyond.

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