When you get a phone call that heeds you to come to a Comme des Garcons show, you carve that date into your schedule with the blood of a virgin calf and put a curse on anyone that should make you miss it. After all, each collection is another chapter of fashion history and one of the last bastions of mystere and true l’air du temps in the entire industry.
I was at my first Comme des Garcons show in Tokyo ever… hell, it was my first go-see for it as well. I always inquired about it.. “Can I come see it?” but was often jilted like a bride left at the altar. I realize now it is my prominent internet persona that held me back. But not anymore! It was the first time that the CdG team got the a-ok to invite online media— so I went, feeling a sense of pride at being a part of the digital revolution. Or shall I just call it an evolution? …until it reachers a pitch of battle and war, that is (I think it is moving rather peacefully, personally).
先週、Comme des Garcons(以下CdG)で働く友人から突然電話が入った。
Entering the CdG main office in Tokyo (always a place of both excitement and anxiety, I should carry Alkaseltzer) at 15 minutes to the hour, just enough time to get up to a seat for a Comme des Garcons Homme floor show. It was a comfortable reprival of what was shown in Paris in June, with cutesy shorts-jacket suits in pale, colorful tones. Kind of like how a schoolboy would choose to dress if he suddenly woke up to find himself a grown man with handsome gams.
Then we were treated to another show, this time at the hands of Ganryu. The clothing and styling told the story of a seaside-bum in denim-blues and comfy knits. The collection threw out some ironic details I like to call “fuck you”s … for example a jacket with “EMBROIDERY” stamped on the back…embroidered, of course. And jeans with “DOUBLE” arched across the bum. As serious as the brand is, CdG has never been devoid of a sense of humor.
All of the other men’s lines were there as well, including the Beatles CdG lines, PLAY, Homme Plus, Homme Deux, Junya Watanabe MAN, PLAY, SHIRT, parfums PARFUMS, and Wallet. My favorite of these was Homme Plus, which is a more decorative, chic, and high-end line among the bunch. The jackets were made of terrycloth but marked for “fashion” with strips of bullet-silver studs on the back and arm patches printed with calligraphic symbols. The leather prince’s visors smattered with gold and silver studs and rivets had me obsessed!
Beatles Commes des Garcons, PLAY, Homme Plus, Deux、Junya Watanabe MAN、SHIRT、parfums PARFUMS、Walletなど主要のメンズブランドの洋服が
No sighting of Ms. Rei Kawakubo but that would just be selfish on an already fulfilling excursion. Perhaps at the womens show…in Paris?! *gulp* I’ll have to see how far the evolution extends!