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Paris…Comme de Garcons

Who first coined the phrase cocooning? Faith Popcorn of course, but seeing the latest offering from Comme de Garcons you might think it came from Rei Kawakubo as it so perfectly describes her S/S 09 collection. However as always with this iconic designer, there was a twist. She eschewed soft sweet surfaces, in favor of a surprising black-on-black effect. There was a juxtaposition of organic shapes in non-organic materials such as shoulder plates made of plastic. Tulip shaped dresses were created from smooth shiny vinyl leather. Is this what flowers will look like in 2009? In addition, her more wearable pieces emerged in the form of baggy menswear-inspired trousers and sculpted blazers. Layering is not an option with sharp edges protruding from all sides, which was quite controversial. On the other hand, he Japanese designer always has a bit of a soft side, which resulted in her cotton candy-styled wigs placed askew a-top her cocoon-shaped ensembles.

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