Although Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garcons has been prophesying men wearing skirts for several seasons, the designer’s fey approach to menswear seems to be waning. Ignoring the few sarongs that seeped into the spring collection, Comme menswear, on the whole, seems to have toughened up.
The regal and eastern inspired display provided clothes fit for a dandy prince. Topped with intricate and bejeweled crowns, models wore a vibrant medley of prints, pattern and textures that were united in a avant-garde melting pot that is intrinsically Comme des Garcons.
At the heart of the collection shone beautiful tailoring in the forms of classic trench coats, pea coats and motorcycle jackets that were all expertly cut. Blazers and shorts in geometric prints were formed from tie and scarf fabrics and jumpers were studded with crystals. Comme’s signature polka dot, pinstripes and checkerboard patterns were worked into cropped trousers and elegant frock coats.
Comme’s return to manly clothing is timely as the relatively straightforward collection proves Comme des Garcons is back on course.