Wearable Wednesday- Commes des Garcons


‘The Future is 2 dimensional’. Thats our premise today. Rei Kawakubu has rabid fans and I’m sure this show was amazing in person, but I’m not so sure that most of us can get behind this collection. You tell me. Now I’m trying to be open-minded and not just pick, but these are more avant-garde than ready to wear aren’t they? Unless you are actually a really stylish hand puppet?Is it just me or are their wiglets crooked? or jaunty. Maybe they are jaunty.Floral Ninjas! They are everywhere- you just don’t know it. This must be how they keep the Queen safe at the  flower show! You can’t be depressed around this much construction paper- it just isn’t possible. 

Ok, I’m  a coat whore- I actually sort of like this. The shoes look sort of sexy Olive Oyle, too. This last one is this seasons must have illusion dress done to death by Paul’s daughter- look how the inset panel makes her look sooo thin! It’s a sartorial magic trick! Ok, I call upon someone with a good eye and open mind to defend these and give us some perspective on it. I give you my personal Ivory soapbox to perch on.  The article I linked to at the beginning of the post shows real wearers and they are making some pretty interesting statements in this designer- maybe this just isn’t the best show to pull good pieces from. Lets have some individuality debate on this- does it have to be flattering to be fabulous? As an aside,  I have to ask, does anyone else keep thinking about Joan Cusacks character in TOYS?

photo credits: style.com

43 thoughts on “Wearable Wednesday- Commes des Garcons

  1. Sorry no defender here, I’m crying over the blatant waste of what is likely some great fabric. Oh but what…I know I can cut down any of those pieces and end up with something wearable I’m sure. ;)

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  2. I was speechless – then I clicked on the ‘rabid’ link. I think ‘rabies’ might have been a better term…
    Seriously I loathe this… however I think is far more ‘art’ than fashion. Do I like it even as art? No, still loathe it but when I think about it as art it is not so horrifying.
    I think the best fashion designers create stand-out quality RTW and sometimes stretch techniques, concepts & imaginations on the catwalk as a statement.
    I think this is more fibre art than fashion. She is using people as ‘living/walking installation’.
    Crikey, thoughtful comment 4 mid week – can you tell I work in ‘cultural/creative industries’?
    Nerd.

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    • This is jut what i was hoping for- I hate to just slam people that are doing what they love- you’ve made some very good points. That link was great, wasn’t it??

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      • Yes! I loved this post. I love clothes but this one made me stop and think about what was going on. My issue with this designer is the people wearing the clothes seem so secondary and are mannequins to carry her artistic creations into the world. These clothes seem to bear little or no thought to the people that wear them.
        The best fashion, in my mind, is when the wearer and designer meet somewhere in the middle and there is a degree of harmony and individualism. The only rabid wearer that achieved this was Carolyn.

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  3. ok the jeans that Carole Lieu had on in the “rabid fans” section, look totally like something i would have made-and that is NOT a compliment. “I felt I had to make myself worthy of wearing it.” REALLLY? You had to make yourself worthy of wearing lop-sided jeans? The two cape/jackets she has on do look kind of cute though. And just when i am about to accuse the rabid fans of picking the most wearable pieces from the collections i come across Carolyn Wade!!! I think i love her. She’s a kook, but i think she wears the clothes with the right idea and attitude, and seems not as worshipful as the others.

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  4. Love the floral coat/cape…shoes terrific!! While not loving the face covering (the ultimate burka), the prints are wonderful. Also, checked out the rabid fan site and I for one like the dropped crotch look…no butt-problem solved!!! Of course, most of it is shocking, but really some cool concepts…Blaine Anderson pay attention!!!

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    • I liked the fan slideshow better than this whole collection- the coat fabric looked like thta fleece they are always pushing at Hancock- but hey, I know the cats & dachsies would love me in it!

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  5. I like the flowered coat shape, but the fabric, not so much. The flowered ninjas are the stupidest looking things I have ever seen in my entire life.

    I clicked on the link. Hmm. My first thought was “Holy Mother of God What Are These People Thinking?”. Then I really looked. Some of them I like, some of them are interesting, some are beyond ridiculous. Sorry deanna, I actually like the jeans, I don’t know that I would wear them, but I like them.

    Thanks for the link, it will be bookmarked.

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  6. It all looks like a bad nightmare, something you wake up from in a sweat realizing that half of the parts of the garment have wandered off and what you are left with is nothing anyone would wear so you layer it with some other mis-matched things and go off to Alice in Wonderland tea party where people wear playing cards. The wonky jeans were a hoot but the rest…well as one woman put it, “No one else will be wearing what you are wearing”….yes and there’s a good reason. That poor woman wearing the gingham :”fat suit” just cracked me up…is that what actors wear as disguises under their costumes? Thanks for the morning kick-start!!!!

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  7. i…. actually…. gaaaaaaaaah…. i LOVE it….

    i’m not down with the floral ninjas (one of them reminds me of a floral white hooded monster). but the shapes and colors and textures in the rest of the pieces, i’m in love. the way it plays with the form of the body is just awesome. but i’m thinking of it as art and not (totally) as wearable, (but don’t be surprised if you see me walking around in it one day).

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  8. They so remind me of some felt finger puppets I made when I was little. I really want to see giant stitches on the outside…. then they would be finished off nicely! This is just signature stuff to draw attention. I’d quite forgotten about Comme de Garcon until now so job done really! But I have to say I would quite happily wear that coat anytime! :-)

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  9. This is why I’m brainwashing my daughters with the mantra: “It’s art. No one walks around looking like this. It’s just a show for entertainment. No one actually wears the clothes or looks like that in real life.” So far, they believe me!

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  10. I actually like a lot of the clothes in the “rabid fans” section — except for the gingham fat suit, that was just STRANGE — but a lot of them are loose, they’re designed to fit comfortably and they seem both artistic and functional. Not functional blah, like stretch pants, but functional in the sense I could picture walking the dog or chasing a toddler in them. You notice that there are a lot of older people and people with not-perfect bodies in Comme des Garcons, and they seem to be dressing for the fun of it the way children do naturally. Things like the asymmetrical jeans make me think about the point of jeans, and what you can do to the form of jeans but still have a working pair of pants. I like that sort of thing!

    The stuff on the runway is fug, however I might change my mind if I saw it styled on one of the rabid fans. I reserve the right to be fickle in my opinions.

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  11. Each week I’m just blown away that this stuff exists. I don’t comment enough to let you know how much I enjoy reading these posts because I never quite feel qualified to have an opinion. But, I did want to make sure I let you know that I do thoroughly enjoy each Wearable Wednesday!

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  12. Hey – I’m going against the trend – I think I might try sewing some of these – especially the blue and pink one – I would look positively svelte in that I am sure – It would certainly hide all of the bulges! Seriously though – what were they thinking!!?? Maybe they are catching onto the hovercraft trend.

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  13. Truly bizarro fashion -if anyone lives near a Comme des Garcons store please check that these actually exist off the runway and if so, boggle over the price of it.

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  14. That coat/cape is pretty awesome and the red thing I’d take and turn into a Diablo 3 costume (yea that’s what’s going on chez ours nowanights). And with the article you linked how in the %*#&etty*$%#ing%#$& does a #$%&ing PhD student afford CdG??! Their eau de toillette costs Au$200 a pop here. What’s he majoring in? Lap dances? Full disclosure a PhD friend of mine in England made money on the side (‘scholarships’ are never enough) by translating English/Russian for the mob. Most of the meetings/ transactions were in clubs/ strip joints and the guy was pretty aghast at what the girls took home (more than any scientist he knew XD).

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  15. Ohmygod, TOYS! Yes! I love that movie, but I was pretty sure I was the only one who remembered it existed. The design in that film is fantastic (of course, I love Magritte and surrealism generally). I had totally forgotton about Joan Cusack’s life-size paper doll clothes until now, but that’s perfect! She was ahead of her time, clearly.

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  16. Sorry I’m late – been busy with other things – mmm, once you raised the Toys movie, I couldn’t move on from there. No not for me I fail to see the attraction- they do nothing to enhance or complement the human body especially the female shape – the clothes exaggerate all the wrong places. Maybe you have to wear and feel (and purchase) the clothes before you become rabid. I’ll remain totally sane thank you.

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  17. Looks like this ‘collection’ has done what it’s supposed to, got people talking about art and fashion and made people notice the designer. Not my cup of tea though I have to say!! X

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