A few months ago HermÃ¨s and Rei Kawakubo announced that they would collaborate. Comme des GarÃ§ons x HermÃ¨s scarves naturally got people pretty excited. I’m one of them. The collaboration resulted in two collections named “Black and White” and “Colour”. Rei incorporated house designs and manipulated them to create something new.
The ‘Black and White’ collection is available only in Comme des GarÃ§ons shops (Aoyama-Tokyo, New York, Paris). The ‘Colour’ collection: collection can only be purchased at Dover Street Market stores (London, Tokyo). For people who can’t get to Tokyo, Paris or New York, you can buy the scarves online at www.doverstreetmarket.com from February 6, 2013 for the ‘Colour’ collection and from April 1, 2013 for the ‘Black and White’ collection. Prices start range from Â£300 – Â£1,500.
They are rolling out the sale of the scarves in the retail shops. Here are the details
From 6th February 2013 in the Comme des GarÃ§ons shop, Paris
From 7th February 2013 in the Comme des GarÃ§ons shop, New York
From 8th February 2013 in the Comme des GarÃ§ons shop in Aoyama-Tokyo, and the Dover Street Market Ginza shop.
From 12th February in the Dover Street Market shop, London
“Rei Kawakubo has stamped her vision on the HermÃ¨s scarf. With rigour, precision, energy and salienceâ€, remarks Bali Barret, Artistic Director.
“I have always deeply respected the tradition and craftsmanship of HermÃ¨s. In our project together, rather than wanting to wear the scarves, I was looking forward to the change that would happen when I added something to the beautiful â€˜paintings’ of HermÃ¨s scarf designs. I think through the addition of abstract images, we have transformed the scarf and created something newâ€, comments Rei Kawakubo.(source: press release)
I love the collection but who didn’t expect that. My favourite prints are Patch g+-Â¼ant and Touch Me.
I remember visiting the Comme des GarÃ§ons’ store in New York during fashion week. It was stark white and beautiful. They have opened a new flagship in Seoul, Korea. Â I love the presentation with the hats and handbags being my favourite displays
It might be celebrated for its guerilla stores that have been popping up since 2004, but Comme des GarÃ§ons has just unveiled a new permanent venture – an epic new flagship store in Seoul. Part futuristic rabbit warren, part conceptual shopping space, ‘Five Tunnels’ joins the brand’s clutch of permanent stores located in design hubs around the world.
Led by the fashion label founder and designer, Rei Kawakubo, the project started with the ambitious redesign of an existing building. The resulting white-lacquer and glass space is, at 1600sq m, one of their biggest stores yet.
Spanning seven mezzanine levels and stocking the entire Comme des GarÃ§ons collection, it’s a more than adequate answer to the brand’s growing South Korean fan base. There’s even a room dedicated to the popular ‘Beatles’ clothing collection that has a major following in the city.(source)
Comme des GarÃ§ons is releasing a new fragrance called Wonderwood. To launch the product, The Brothers Quay were enlisted to create a short stop motion film.
The scent is made up of three different types of woods, Oud, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Cypress wood and Gaiac wood. Woody notes: Patchouli, vetyver and synthetic woods: Javanol, Cashmeran and Pachminol.(source)
Love the Commes des GarÃ§ons. The dress is perfect.
For the very first time, Barbie is dressed by Rei Kawakubo, and forms part of Jingle Flowers, Comme des GarÃ§ons’ new nonsense theme for the Xmas holidays. Wearing a sleeveless silk-lined floral dress in the Jingle Flowers photo-style print graphic, which features a full asymmetric-cut skirt that stands away from the body, this limited edition Barbie forms part of the Barbie Collector Platinum Label Collection, and comes in its own box featuring the Jingle Flowers print, and display stand.
PARIS â€“ For its next designer collaboration, H&M is trying on something avant-garde for size and teaming up with Japanese fashion maverick Rei Kawakubo.
A onetime Comme des GarÃ§ons for H&M collection is slated to launch in early November as the Swedish fast-fashion giant opens its first stores in Japan: a 10,000-square-foot unit in Tokyo’s Ginza district and a 16,000-square-foot location in hyper-trendy Harajuku. An international rollout will follow.
Kawakubo â€“ acclaimed for a fearless, experimental approach to fashion â€“ will design H&M fashions for women, men and children, as well as accessories and a unisex fragrance.
H&M has sparked shopping frenzies for its annual designer collaborations with the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf and Karl Lagerfeld.
Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, b. 1942) for Comme des GarÃ§ons (Japanese, founded 1969). Dress (detail), 1983. Black wool jersey. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2003 (2003.79.21).