Comme Des Garçons is the exalted Japanese label headed up by designer Rei Kawakubo, - Kawakubo is regarded by many in the fashion industry as a genius. Trading since 1969, the label is respected internationally as an avant-garde tour de force and creative empire which sprawls far further than the mainline collections.The Comme brand is based in two prestigious locations; Aoyama in Tokyo and Place de Vendôme in Paris. ‘Comme Des Garçons’ is French for ‘like the boys’, a name that reflects the design aesthetic of mixed masculine and feminine motifs, as well as the often playful overtones.
Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus is the main menswear line from Comme Des Garçons, established since 1984. The line’s use of black and distressed fabric during a period of colour and bouyancy made a major stir in the industry and the line continued to produce clothing that was largely monochromatic and asymmetrical throughout the 1980s, despite the dominant trends of the decade. Since its inception, Comme Des Garçons has regularly been known for its unwillingness to go with the norm.
An undercurrent of humour rippled through the dark hues of the AW13 collection with Mickey Mouse inspired leather caps being the talking point of the catwalk show. The collection seemed to a battle between youth and adulthood with exquisitely tailored pieces which the brand are known for clashing with playful graphic tees. For the new season Kawakubo has presented a witty collection that is playful yet utterly wearable.