COMME des GARÇONS’ SS12 collection was one of the standout shows of the season. Conceptual, original and awe-inspiringly beautiful, it was a thought-provoking and emotional collection that left editors reeling. Here i-D Fashion Editor Caroline Newell shares her take…
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Never one to offer explanation for her work, Rei Kawakubo’s meaning may be unclear, but the emotions she provoked were not. Hope, beauty, serenity and strength washed over the audience like a tide, as the all-white collection of bridal gowns, corsetry, flowers and headdresses played through life’s most important milestones – birth, marriage, death and transcendence. A COMME des GARÇONS show is always one of Paris Fashion Week’s hottest tickets, but this season was one of their best ever.
After a month of back-to-back shows and an overwhelming mix of seasonal propositions – from silhouettes, patterns and embellishments – there is nothing more refreshing than being presented with an entire collection executed entirely in white. Even more exhilarating when it comes courtesy of Rei Kawakubo, an unpredictable, alternative thinker and one of the most respected and unconventional designers in contemporary fashion. Her spring/summer 12 Comme des Garçons collection, entitled White Drama, was loaded with outrageous beauty and rich symbolism and managed to confuse, provoke and delight its audience in equal measure.
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