Tireless traveller, Rei Kawakubo is suffering from wanderlust, especially to Paris where she used to make several trips a year, before COVID-19, to present her collections.
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Stuck in her native country, Japan, for more than two years now, Rei Kawakubo carried her desire to break free and travel the world into her collection for Comme des Garçons Homme Plus which, this season, was inspired by nomads – her collection was titled “Nomad”.
“Nowadays if you want to know anything, you can get as much information as you want from the internet and it’s an experience. But still I can’t be satisfied”, she wrote. “I yearn after a nomadic life where you can truly live freely by yourself, not flocking together, not belonging anywhere. It is enviable”.
In the show, which took place in Tokyo, Kawakubo’s ‘nomads’ slowly walked out and wandered the runway – each moseying out in his own self-contained solitude – to a soundtrack by producer and longtime Comme des Garçons collaborator, ‘OVERWERK’, setting the scene for what was to be an ingenious mix of colors, textures and unexpected fabrics, Kawakubo’s specialty. Models were dressed in fitted jackets or loose coats worn over dresses and trousers, and all wore a black felt top hat. The color palette consisted of black with pops of bright red, orange, green, and purple.
Ruffled details, fringes, and metallic jacquards add an unexpected and slightly feminine touch to the whole.
The collection also included two footwear collaborations. The first was with the British brand George Cox who revisited Comme des Garçons Homme Plus oxfords and Mary Jane-like sandals with a thick black sole, and the second was with Nike to reinvent the famous Air Max 97.
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