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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hooked: Comme des Garçons PLAY X Converse

Never one to pass up a juicy collaboration, Comme des Garçons is joining forces (again) with Converse on a limited-edition line of sneakers. Following their 2007 debut with Junya Watanabe Man, the Chuck Taylor All Star line is getting the full Rei make-over. But rather than spinning into the conceptual outer reaches, the collaboration goes back to basics—and this time Comme's secondary PLAY line is getting in on the action. The four pared-down styles—two high-tops and two oxfords in black or white canvas—hark back to the original military classics, offered in various color-blocking combos and embossed with PLAY's slightly disarming, unblinking heart logo.

The shoes will hit the ground running at the end of August at Comme des Garçons boutiques worldwide, as well as select PLAY retailers. At just $100 a pop, the collection shows a commitment to recession-friendly prices—and we can think of no better way to spring into fall.

—Franklin Melendez



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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Comme of Silence

The old Comme des Garçons Guerrilla store in Los Angeles has finished its transformation into M'ouments (below), which is kind of the same thing, only different. (Like we need to tell you there are no rules in Rei's universe.) Meanwhile, and this is hush hush, expect exciting news soon involving Comme and New York...



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Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Stylish Samedi

In New York, front-row celebrity seating is not to be tampered with, but the French like to keep things mysterious, such as putting Kanye West in the second row at Comme des Garçons. While we waited for an outburst, ever-contrary Rei Kawakubo sent out blankets moonlighting as parkas. Earlier in the day, her protege Junya Watanabe had similar thoughts with swirling black parka dresses and oversized collars in a Victori-goth meets space-age presentation.


Junya Watanabe

Greece-born Sophia Kokosalaki pampered guests with champagne, strawberries and chocolate. Bubbly was a perfect way to start a sunny Paris afternoon at the Jardins des Tuileries. Kokosalaki presented her signature draping as well as a collection of party-favor hits, ranging from sheer and sculptural minidresses to bedazzled rocker-chic pants and jackets.

Later in the afternoon, Colette was a madhouse. Not only were the weekend crowds milling about among the new Alexander Wang handbags, but there was a roster of events that deserved a fashion calendar in itself. Designers Emily Current and Merrit Elliot were on hand for a trunk show, and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin were signing their new work for Stern magazine. Meanwhile, Erin Wasson for RVCA pieces were up on mannequins and the stylish Texan model herself made an appearance.

Jeremy Scott kept his show lighthearted and childlike with color, polka dots and Mickey Mouse. The Disney motif will surely spill over into his after-party tonight at Regine's.

—Bee-Shyuan Chang

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Shop Girl

If you think you're the biggest fan of Comme des Garçons for H&M, you haven't seen this video of a 12-year-old girl rapping about it. "Rei Kawakubo, can I be your friend? Rei Kawakubo, stalker fan letters I will send..."


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Monday, October 20, 2008

Print Shop

Printed Matter may be a legendary art-book store on New York's West Side, but it's also the name of an exhibition showcasing 40 years of Comme des Garçons imagery, through November 22. Ad campaigns, pages from SIX magazine (which CdG published from 1988-91) and the work of Argentinean art collective Mondongo (seen here) span all six floors of Dover Street Market. Because Rei Kawakubo doesn't just design fashion; she "designs the company called Comme des Garçons," says the Dover site...





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