There are fashion designers and then there are artists who design fashion. And though I love them all, my heart always leans towards the ones that utilize the runway as theater, canvas or a pedestal for their vision. The garments are sometimes, not necessarily wearable. But they make statements just like a song writer does with powerful lyrics or a painter with a brush and an opinion. You may not always "get" it but keeping an open mind is critical.
Comme des Garçons
takes us on a dramatic journey in lavish white satins that displayed a collection about life, birth, death and every major event in between.
The pieces are more conceptual than referential in some cases. Kawakubo interpreted life's major events through garments that represented ritualistic tradition such as christening and wedding gowns.
The result was a collection empowered with the spirit of the avant-garde and the structural presence of couture.
All photos: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com