Paris 01/23/09. Photos by Pierre Verdy/Getty Images.
Reminder: Comme des Garçons Hits Select H&M Stores Tomorrow! Warning: It's going to get crazy. The Comme des Garçons for H&M collection arrives in US stores tomorrow — set your alarm! The madness started last Saturday in Japan as H&M unveiled the collection to eager fans. Check out pieces from the collection and pictures from the madness.
Warning: It's going to get crazy. The Comme des Garçons for H&M collection arrives in US stores tomorrow — set your alarm! The madness started last Saturday in Japan as H&M unveiled the collection to eager fans. According to sources, people stood in line for days to ensure their place in line. Rei Kawakubo's avant garde offerings include boiled wool pea coats, harem pants, and polka dot cardigans. My eye is set on this distressed jacket. Stores open at 10 a.m.; see you in line!
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>> INSIDER WIRE —When Roberto Cavalli's H&M line launched last year in New York, Cavalli himself was on the flagship's staircase, taking in the madness with Jessica Stam at his side. For the Comme des Garcons for H&M launch in Tokyo on Saturday, Rei Kawakubo also made sure everything was going properly, but in her own way — she spent all Friday morning beforehand, "folding her signature shirts with precision." [WWD]
>> INSIDER WIRE —Comme des Garcons for H&M goes on sale tomorrow in Tokyo — the rest of us have to wait until next Thursday — and a group of six people have been taking turns in line since Tuesday. I hope they weren't planning on grabbing up all the stock — H&M just came out with a new policy stipulating that each customer can only purchase two of each CDG for H&M style, in hopes of curbing all the mad post-purchase eBaying. [JC Report, Fashionista]
You're probably already overwhelmed by your TiVo list, but what's one more show? When you have a few minutes, be sure to catch H&M's new Fashion TV. Currently there are two videos (it's a twice-monthly program). The first one is about the Comme des Garçons collaboration and it features model Missy Rayder (left) and The Sartorialist Scott Schuman. The second is a fun and useful knitwear style guide. You can also sign up to receive notification when new videos go live. Fab!
We are going to go out on a limb and say that the trim pixie and the cropped bob are out for Spring 2009 if the Paris runways have any influence, a pack of designers had us singing "gimme head with hair, long beautiful hair, shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen HAIR!" Whether it was the elaborate alien coifs at Dior, the anonymous glamazons at Martin Margiela, the petty Marie Antoinettes at Comme des Garçons, the puffy mussed coifs at Tsumori Chisato, or the piles of crimped puffs at Sonia Rykiel, designers just couldn't get enough hair!
We are beginning to think that Rei Kawakubo may be too much of a literalist for our tastes or at very least a little too ham handed with the metaphors as her Spring 2009 collection entitled A Black Tomorrow had just a little too much "let them eat cake" imagery for us to stomach. Billowing Marie Antoinette hairdos do nothing for us even when the obvious quip about entitlement, excess and fallen empires reaches out to an editor begging us to make a joke. But the tragedy of it all is that tomorrow has come faster than we thought and like the impertinent princess we are ill equipped to cope with its consequences.
Puffy first estate creations (in contrast to her decidedly Tiers Etat H&M disaster) in somber black do not appeal to us and while we appreciate the intense workmanship involved in the collection we can only hang our heads at the ultimate thesis. Perhaps we are reading too much into the in your face message, maybe we should focus instead on the cut outs, the fringes, the capelets, delicious jackets or even the soccer ball tops but with the harsh reality of tomorrow already upon us we are finding it more than difficult.
In April we mentioned we were unsure just how Rei Kawakubo's highly conceptual work would translate into clothing for the hoi polloi with her much anticipated collaboration with H&M and now thanks to the power and speed of the blogosphere the full collection is making the rounds faster than a bad cold. And just as we predicted, despite many a young hipster craving a Comme des Garçons look, Kawakubo's designs in cheap polyester are a giant joke on the third estate. Deconstructed clothing that is going to deconstruct even faster thanks to cheap materials is no one's idea of fashion. Just wait to get your hand's on the Comme de Garcon's Spring 2009 collection that showed today OK?