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Fashion Folds: Comme des Garçons - Fall 2012

Comme des Garçons is that one show every season that you await with anticipation and anxiety to see what Rei Kawakubo will come up with. And every single time, for the last 30 years she is able to create one different statement after the other, leaving me speechless. My connection with the brand comes from a very emotional place, a place that I can't describe but always evokes emotions within me.

Maybe it's the way she is relentless in reinventing herself, or the way she reinvents and forces us to understand beauty in different ways, or is the passion present in her clothes. There's something there than just pure appreciation, it's a relation.

And this time is no different, her bidimensional clothes were a confront to the way clothes are perceived nowadays, a flat image in front of the computer, images plastered there with no life. And that's not how we are supposed to see clothes. They are meant to move, to be seen from back to front, side to side, they need to be appreciated for what they bring with them, not merely a flat image.

One thing that is very clear with the video below, is the amazing construction of the pieces, almost as if they were built as one and later on fitted to the body like a glove and sewn in. The collection built in candy colors and the most known prints: cameo, flower, leopard and the house signature, blown out of proportion polka dots. But the way the most common prints are shown, is something completely out of the ordinary.

Enjoy a silent catwalk, that I think leaves us to understand a tiny bit more the concept behind such a brilliant mind.

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Fashion Review: Comme Des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo, Lanvin, Gaultier, Céline and Junya Watanabe on the Paris Runways - Breaking News Online

Fashion Review: Comme Des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo, Lanvin, Gaultier, Céline and Junya Watanabe on the Paris Runways Rei Kawakubo was backstage.
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Comme des Garçons | Fall Winter 2012/2013 Full Fashion Show | Exclusive

Comme des Garçons | Fall Winter 2012/2013 by Rei Kawakubo | Full Fashion in Excellent Quality.
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COMME des GARCONS x Supreme Hoodie

COMME des GARCONS x Supreme Hoodie | COMME des | Scoop.it
Two of the most powerful forces in contemporary men's fashion combined minds to create an exclusive capsule collection.
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COMME des GARCONS 2012 Very Black Collection

COMME des GARCONS 2012 Very Black Collection | COMME des | Scoop.it
Although originally slated for release last month, today we've received word that the Very Black Collection from Japanese designer label, COMME des GARCONS, will be available...
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Paris Fashion Week: Day 5 | My Fashion Life

Paris Fashion Week: Day 5 | My Fashion Life | COMME des | Scoop.it

We felt that Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garcons presentation was one of the most surreal shows we have seen this autumn/winter 2012 season, as the models came out looking almost cartoon-like in their stiff multi-dimensional dresses and lego-esque hair.

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Critics Love Lanvin’s ‘Suh-weet’ Party Clothes, Horyn Pans Haider Ackermann

Critics Love Lanvin’s ‘Suh-weet’ Party Clothes, Horyn Pans Haider Ackermann | COMME des | Scoop.it

THE HITS:
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• "Ms. Kawakubo is the only designer who thinks like an artist ... Her latest collection seemed to turn couture, and the fashion world’s obsession with iconic shapes and structure, on its ear ... Strikingly, these designs are extraordinarily simple ... not to suggest that anyone can do them (you would need her patternmakers) but rather that anyone can understand them." [NYT]
• "[The show] was a telling reminder of why Comme des Garçons and its designer Rei Kawakubo have achieved such cult status. [Kawakubo's vision] is fashion at its most lovingly distilled ... Call it fashion for the purists." [Fashion Wire Daily]
• "[T]his show was breathtaking in its boldness and vivacity and was cheered to the echo ... Ms. Kawakubo was in a class of her own. The two elements, shape and color, were played to the max." [IHT]
• "Rei Kawakubo chose this particular moment to present a show that glorified the flat ... If it had been a Dada performance in Zurich's Cabaret Voltaire in the second decade of the twentieth century, its genius would have been galvanic. As a fashion show in the second decade of the twenty-first century, its satire felt a little obvious. But its savage point was well taken." [Style.com]
• "It was fabulous ... Kawakubo did indeed focus on two often-challenging dimensions: those of major volume and color. She had her radical way with both, and everyone left smiling. Wow, indeed." [WWD]
• "They were stiff and they were bold — a minimalist yet equally flamboyant sensibility ... all the elements you would usually associate with being loud and cluttered [were] somehow reduced to something simple, even when exaggerated and accentuated shapes came into the equation. But that’s Kawakubo’s speciality." [Vogue UK]

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Comme des Garçons

Comme des Garçons | COMME des | Scoop.it
WELCOME TO FLATLAND
Paris: Rei Kawakubo’s Fall collection for Comme des Garçons was so boldly outsized it became downright shocking. Although the...
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Talking About Fashion

It's hard to review collections seen two days ago, and already online on our site a few hours after the show has ended. 

 

Talking about fashion, I like to think of those who actually create fashion, and not only of fashion as the result of a market research. Frankly speaking, today anyone can do a show and everybody believes they have a creative mind. But then you watch the show of Comme des Garçons and realize it conveys something indefinable -- something that encompasses art, fashion, experimentation and research. And it really makes you think. "It's not wearable," somebody will point out right away. Who said it's not? It depends on who and where, and they are unique pieces you may look at, just like when at school you attended a lecture and not everything was comprehensible right from the start. But then everything becomes clear. Sometimes you need time.

The obvious is easy, while some more obscure concepts are harder to absorb. Then, the next season you see on the catwalk suggestions based exactly on those colors patterns and shapes. All "humanized " and therefore wearable.

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La mode hypnagogique de Comme des Garçons

La mode hypnagogique de Comme des Garçons | COMME des | Scoop.it
FASHION WEEK.  Une déflagration colorée d’étonnement, de beauté, de réinvention au défilé Comme des Garçons...
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Photos of the Moment | Comme des Garçons - NYTimes.com

Photos of the Moment | Comme des Garçons - NYTimes.com | COMME des | Scoop.it
Complete Coverage: Fall 2012 Fashion Week. E-mail; Print; Recommend; Share Close. Tumblr; Digg; Linkedin; Reddit; Permalink. Fall 2012 Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Women's Fashion, Comme des Garcons, ...
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Beware of black velvet in Beijing - FT.com

Beware of black velvet in Beijing - FT.com | COMME des | Scoop.it
As would be expected in a city of more than 20m, traffic in Beijing moves at the pace of a blood clot and feels equally lethal. The best strategy for shoppers is to focus all of their energy on a single district.
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Paris Fashion Week Wrap-Up

Paris Fashion Week Wrap-Up | COMME des | Scoop.it

Thank you Rei Kawakubo. It was as though we had all been sleep walking through the week until this collection came along. Oversized felt silhouettes in bold colour marched down the runway one after the other. The collection was an exploration in 2D: two pieces of fabric were sewed together an inch from the outer edge, and the models with their plastic helmet-style bobs looked like acid-tripping Lego women from the future. Who is going to wear it? Who cares!

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Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus Sunglasses Comme des... | HOMESPUN WOVEN WORD

Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus Sunglasses Comme des... | HOMESPUN WOVEN WORD | COMME des | Scoop.it
Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus Sunglasses Comme des Garcons Homme Plus collaborated with Cutler and Gross to make these Bronze Oval Framed Metal Sunglasses.
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Rei Kawakubo's Dress-up Dolls at Paris A/W12 | AnOther

Rei Kawakubo's Dress-up Dolls at Paris A/W12 | AnOther | COMME des | Scoop.it
When you think that every design idea has been exhausted in fashion, Rei Kawakubo comes (or should that be Comme) along and throws up something totally fresh and exciting. “The future is two-dimensions”...
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A Bathing Ape Gets Real With Comme Des Garcons This Time (PHOTOS)

A Bathing Ape Gets Real With Comme Des Garcons This Time (PHOTOS) | COMME des | Scoop.it
Last time we reported on the Bathing Ape x Comme des Garcons PLAY collaboration, we were super excited to see the collection.
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Supreme x COMME des GARCONS SHIRT Capsule Collection

Supreme x COMME des GARCONS SHIRT Capsule Collection | COMME des | Scoop.it
We present the Spring/Summer 2012 Supreme x COMME des GARCONS SHIRT Capsule Collection.
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Would You Rather…? Queen Elizabeth Vs. Queen of Fashion Marc Jacobs in Pink Frocks

Would You Rather…? Queen Elizabeth Vs. Queen of Fashion Marc Jacobs in Pink Frocks | COMME des | Scoop.it
Two notable people surprised us with a pop of pink this week. Proving that pink is becoming the color of the season, both The Queen and Marc Jacobs went out in dresses in the same bold color.
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Adam Kimmel x Dover Street Market Ginza COMME des GARCONS Store Opening T-Shirt

Adam Kimmel x Dover Street Market Ginza COMME des GARCONS Store Opening T-Shirt | COMME des | Scoop.it
From the long list of collaborations currently in development to celebrate the opening of the Dover Street Market Ginza COMME des GARCONS store, comes the unveiling of the latest...
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Les filles au masculin de Junya Watanabe

Les filles au masculin de Junya Watanabe | COMME des | Scoop.it
"Comme un homme !" a-t-on envie de s’écrier au sortir du défilé de Junya Watanabe, l’autre créateur de la maison Comme des Garçons, qui, sous sa prop...
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Comme des Garçons. Paris, 03/03/12 | i-D Online

Comme des Garçons. Paris, 03/03/12 | i-D Online | COMME des | Scoop.it
Click images to enlarge. Boom boom shake shake the room. Rei Kawakubo chose complete silence in which to present a runway collection that drew surprise and wonderment from the audience of her AW12 show.
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