Comme des Garçons S/S 2012

Leave it to Rei Kawakubo to design a line that’s almost completely monochrome from start to finish. And not in the monotonous way, either.  Going with the theme “White Drama”. The Comme des Garçons founder and designer was said to have focused on moments that makes you happy or sad in life—weddings, christenings, deaths, and the likes. But while the formal grandeur of the runway was reminiscent of 50s and 60s couture, the collection was definitely another step for the forward and progressive label.


We saw pristine white frocks in all shapes and sizes—long-sleeved duchess-satin shifts, cage-frame skirts, and cocoon-like enclosures with heavy floral appliques. These, of course, were all delivered with Rei’s trademark tailoring and mastery of volume and craft. A noticeable detail injected by the designer was the immobility or complete absence of hands, thanks to the addition of large bows or gigantic sleeves that almost sweep the floor. This seemed to send a symbolic message of bound helplessness, together with the practically fully-covered lace headpieces worn by every model.

Despite the seemingly lofty shapes that stepped on the runway, though, the new CDG collection had many-a-viewer pining away for a white lace t-shirt and embellished cape of their own.