The Inspiration: “Monster.”
The Look: This season's Comme des Garçons collection could fittingly, given the designer's inspiration, cause a few nightmares. Green-lipped, wig-clad models walked the runway in supersized, layered and often knotted garments made of padded fabrics with their hands tied or bound, while the most eerie looks engulfed the models’ faces. Rei Kawakubo noted in her show notes that her monster was a reflection of “the craziness of humanity, the fear we all have, the feeling of going beyond common sense, the absence of ordinariness, expressed by something extremely big, by something that could be ugly or beautiful.” It was perfectly reflected in the lineup. It's undeniably impressive that Kawakubo is able to consistently come up with original ideas, but given that the collection’s most wearable piece was a wildly-oversized blazer, the most interesting part might be seeing how these clothes actually translate on retail racks.
The Accessories: Pointed menswear-inspired flats and boots with eyelets.
The Beauty: Green lips and supersized, barrel-curled wigs.
The Takeaway: There's no denying the originality and craftsmanship, but this collection had a questionable place on a commercial runway.
All images: IMAXtree