The Wild Kingdom

Paris..Comme des Garçons

The theme of Rei Kawakubo’s F/W 09/10 collection was “Fashion Illusion,” and what came down the runway was like a third dimension where argyle-sporting preppies morph into leopard-wearing, skirt-draped punks. Can you imagine? An almost sacrilegious contrast came forth (at least for those who attend the Church of Fashion) in the form of tailored clothing and traditional sportswear juxtaposed with bold prints, paneled construction and feminine details like Mary Jane shoes with large buckles and free-flowing skirts. The proportions were almost always played against each other, like elongated and slim jackets styled with cropped pants that kind of cascaded down the leg. This is what makes Comme so great season after season, the insane and truly bizarre actually comes out making some sense once the laughs die down. We continue to need designers like Kawakubo who challenge what it means to be a man, what it means to wear a suit, and even to wear a skirt should one see fit.


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