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Who would believe that Rei Kawakubo, fashion mastermind behind Comme des Garçons, is 66 years old or that CDG is celebrating 40 of its own years? In today's New York Times, Suzy Menkes writes a tribute to the woman and her many collaborations, including notes on the recent Louis Vuitton partnership and longstanding creative love between CDG and milliner Stephen Jones.
In addition to hearing that Rei has "more wit and sense of fun than outsiders imagine," we learn that she's back to her old pop-up store tricks with a Black brand to be sold in ten limited-time storefronts. Selling classic Comme looks first in a Tokyo pop-up, then inside their Dover Street Market in London, then to Paris in two weeks, the shops are Rei's way to "introduce 'positive energy' in hard times."
Now we wonder where the next 7 Black pop-ups will fall; hopefully in our neighborhood? So much more limited than the Comme des Garçons x H&M Collection, the Black selection will nonetheless be pricey.
Until more news is released, enjoy Menkes' profile of Kawakubo, whose work is most impressive to Suzy because "it has remained relevant to fashion right through the era of feminism, flash, girly glamour and celebrity culture." Nobody knows this better than the few who scored drop-crotch pants from the H&M collection; what's further from girly glamour than that?
· Positive Energy: Comme at 40 [NYT]
· Collabs: Comme des Garçons Gets Around [Racked]
· All Comme des Garçons Coverage [Racked]