Quintessentially CdG


March 8, 2013

by Gracia Ventus

There’s a lot to be said about Rei Kawakubo’s sense of humour. No matter how much she denies it, one can usually read the satirical messages underlying her collections. For her SS2011 collection, she sent out a few dresses reminiscent of what mothers love to put on their adolescent daughters, big puffy dresses with in-built scratchy tulles. I used to cry whenever my own mom forced me into one of those heinous pink monstrosities because they were so uncomfortable, plus all I wanted to wear were t-shirts and shorts (to say that I was a tomboy is an understatement). And here I am finding myself in a dress of similar silhouette and loving it, partly because Ms. Kawakubo didn’t need to add tulles to give the dress volume.

In a way the entire collection is a successful exercise in shapes and structure, many of them made of PVC, a material most people shun for being cheap. Yet it is so like her to use the most unexpected material to create her weirdly beautiful babydoll dresses (unlike Mr. Slimane who probably used fantastic fabrics for his unoriginal version of grunge-y ones). It offered an insight into my own preference, in that I value ideas, techniques and craftsmanship over materials, just as long as the materials themselves are not of poor quality. I did think it would be rather nice if the garments were re-made in the best leathers, but to do so would be losing what is quintessentially Comme des Garcons.

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Disclaimer: these photos were taken two months ago. 

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8 thoughts on “Quintessentially CdG

  • Cecilia

    by Cecilia on March 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    You have a great taste!
    http://modeskinen.blogspot.com

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  • Charlie

    by Charlie on March 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    This dress is incredible! Suits you down to the ground.

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  • Kaitlyn

    by Kaitlyn on March 9, 2013 at 2:04 am

    “unlike Mr. Slimane who probably used fantastic fabrics for his unoriginal version of grunge-y ones”

    Ahah, I see what you did there. ;)
    Great post again, I appreciate the honesty in your blog.

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    • The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus

      by The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus on March 10, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Hehe. Thanks. Sometimes I think I may be going all TMI, but I say fuck it, no harm done in revealing a part of my childhood.

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  • aya1293

    by aya1293 on March 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

    AHH that dress!!! I was wanting it as well! It looks so so great on you!!!

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  • ODYSSEY

    by ODYSSEY on March 10, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Wow, that dress has presence! So good on you, and the boots keep it from being too precious or fancy. Love it.

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    • The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus

      by The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus on March 10, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Haha. Presence sounds about right actually. It can stand on its own because of how sturdy it is.

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  • Syed

    by Syed on March 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Wow, that looks damn cool! I remember seeing this collection in DSM and falling in love. I thought it was leather from afar, but went up close and immediately smiled once I realised. Same sort of thing where she uses the polyesters in her men’s tailoring – that satirical twist of sporting fabrics in traditional forms.

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