Iconic Comme des Garçons
Shop decade-defining designs from a unique archive collection
As the brand takes centre stage in New York next week, we’ve partnered with vintage boutique dot COMME to unveil a unique archive of decade-defining pieces.
Words by Holly Swayne, Photography by Jan Lehner, Styling by Tony Cook
Bold colours, cleverly constructed silhouettes and post-modern prints that range from refined to radical: there are few designers who have disrupted modern menswear quite like Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. With its artistic approach to androgyny and exploration of the space between design boundaries, the Japanese label has been challenging traditional notions of style on a global scale since its 1981 womenswear Paris catwalk debut.
With 12 diffusion lines and countless collaborations, the label’s fervent fan base includes Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Nicolas Ghesquière and the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Here, we give you a rare chance to shop key looks from Comme des Garçons history, with archive pieces from dot COMME boutique in Melbourne. New to Farfetch, its owner Octavius la Rosa has made it his life’s mission to collect and curate the most standout styles from Comme des Garçons. Discover 6 of the best now, spanning from the AW86 collection to this season’s designs.
Shirt and trousers set from dot COMME, both by Comme des Garçons Vintage.
‘When I dress up in Comme it makes me feel good. I think it's as simple as that. There's a sense of fun which I'm drawn to. Rei is an inspiration; to me she represents freedom to do what you want and be who you want to be.’
Octavius la Rosa, owner of dot COMME boutique
‘From the moment that she opened her first shop in New York, [Rei] electrified the world of architecture and design. It was an entirely different way of looking at things – clothes shown so sparsely that you almost felt that you were in some dystopian future.’
Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum and author of Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons
‘Rei creates avant-garde clothing that might be described as wearable art. It’s not your typical styling. The clothing is my palette and I can paint myself however I want.’
Suzanne Golden, artist and Comme des Garçons fan
Coat from L’Eclaireur (worn around waist), transparent vest from Bernardelli, T-shirt from D’Aniello (worn underneath), transparent shorts from Julian Fashion, and bermuda shorts from Julian Fashion (worn underneath), all by Comme des Garçons Homme Plus; sneakers by Comme des Garçons Homme Plus x Nike Lab from Browns.