COMME DES GARÇONS SPRING-SUMMER 2017 PARIS
By Crash redaction
ON THE RUNWAY AT COMME DES GARÇONS SS17
Rei Kawakubo presents “invisible clothes”, a series of exaggerated, sculptural structures that envelop the body – at the opposite of what could be excepted from both a ready-to-wear collection and an “invisible” inspiration. That’s the genius of Kawakubo, who delivers a magical show: the silhouettes seem to float in an atemporal space and connect to an emotional level. The body disappears under the omnipresence of the clothes, perhaps a way to consider the place of the female body in our society today, or to access notions of life and pain as sometimes the fabric seems to take control of the flesh (faces are sometimes covered, invisible under the weight of the clothes). Incredible headpieces by Julien D’Ys cover the models’ faces with what seems to be translucent glass: they enhances this idea of fragility as each unique piece cascades, eventually merging with the clothes.
Photography: Elise Toïdé for Crash