The collection Rei Kawakubo presented for Comme des Garçons Spring 09’, looked, in a word ‘Starck’ – not in the bleak sense, but as in the industrial design guru, Philip Starck’s “Darkside” collection for renowned crystal house, Baccarat.
Kawakubo examined her interpretation of the future of black and its role in fashion through clothing that had facets made of cellophane, vinyl, and chiffon.
These hexagonal pieced garments resulted in styles that look like oversized, deconstructed soccer balls, adorned with stiff plastic pieces which were used as shoulder ornamentation.
Until about half-way through the show, the collection was looking “stark” (in all senses of the word) until Kawakubo introduced some more organic pieces that replaced the harsh shapes with soft shredded chiffon pieces that smothered that garments they embellished.
However, hidden under the mounds of chiffon and vinyl were some very wearable shorts and trousers that lent themselves more to everyday dressing, than to an instillation art exhibit at the Met Costume Institute. These pieces were expertly constructed, as all who covet Comme des Garçons know all too well, and offered support as to why the fashion world seems to be going, more and more, in a direction back to black.
All images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.