I've always been a fan of designer Rei Kawakubo's avant guard and cutting edge designs. I had two of her menswear inspired suits and a white blouse, but ended up selling them on eBay. I do still own a pair of rayon knit black long shorts. I do love those shorts, they look very sculptural and Japanese and I'll never sell them on eBay. If you've been fortunate enough to visit Tokyo you'll want to clothe yourself in Comme des Garcons' and become like the other Japanese fashionistas who look so thoroughly hip and creative you'll wonder where such inspiration comes from. Once you look around you'll see why - TOO many shops with amazing clothes which perhaps makes it easy to develop that non-chalant coolness prevalent in neighborhoods like Aoyama and Harajuku.
Next week Kawakubo will bring her avant guard designs to the masses when H&M launches a more affordable version from this most recent collaboration. Fans of Comme des Garcons' dark palettes and often distressed and torn appearance will revel in these timeless shapes. We especially love the double breasted coat. "Elaborate tailoring, shirts, knits and a series of playful jersey pieces in dramatic black and midnight blue with accents of white and rose”, says H&M’s Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch.
The collection for men and women and including accessories will only be available in eight stores across the US. Doors open at 10am on Thursday Nov. 13th! We suggest arriving early, but how early is up to you...
Stores to carry Comme des Garçons for H & M
Powell Street, San Francisco CA
Beverly Center, Los Angeles CA
8580 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood CA
840 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
435 7th Ave at 34th, New York NY
640 5th at 51st, New York NY
731 Lexington Ave at 59th, New York NY
Herald Square, New York NY
Photos courtesy of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB
Photographer: Andreas Sjödin