A carnival of iconoclastic Japanese design elements, Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons Spring / Summer 2017 collection, as previewed during Paris Fashion Week, was nothing short of amazing. In the most extreme way, Kawakubo returned to what we know and love about CDG – unconventional shapes, bold silhouettes, and monochrome palettes with hints of deep red. For Kawakubo, these pieces of art are just merely “invisible clothes,” but to the rest of us, they’re bold, strong, and iconic. Consisting of only 17 entire looks, the collection was deemed Comme des Garçons’ “purest and most extreme.” Of late, Comme des Garçons has established its place as more than just a label – it is a cultural catalyst, a lifestyle movement, and its own fashion universe. This is what Kawakubo has instinctively been leading.
Kawakubo’s direct vehicle for expressionism, Comme des Garçons never ceases to be “in your face.” The runway presentation was harmoniously met with Henryk Gorecki’s “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” remixed by Colin Stetson, making the show itself all the more powerful. Long live CDG.