Posts Tagged ‘Comme Des Garcons’


Brandish Christmas Picks: Comme Des Garçons Christmas pouch

By Jonathan Smith on December 4th, 2008


As Isabelle has mentioned and as you may be aware from the adverts that have been on your telly since the start of November (which is too early goddamit!) it’s Christmas time and time to start thinking of what gifts you’re going to ply your loved ones with. From Comme Des Garçons are these Christmas pouches, made from black leather and studded with Swarovski stones to spell out “Dec 2008″. Other than the lettering on the outside I’m not clear on what makes these so Christmassy, perhaps you could fill them with love to all men and seasonal good will. Also it occurs to me that if you pull this out to buy your ice cream in the height of summer, you’re going to look a little bit of a dick with your past season Christmas based pouch.

These will be available from Dover Street Market soon if you know of someone who needs a Christmas-based pouch. Jump through for more pics.


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Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities

H&M does Comme des Garçons

By Jonathan Smith on October 1st, 2008

comme-des-garcons-hm-mens-4.jpgMajor fashion retailer H&M has got together with Japanese fashion ninjas Comme des Garçons to bring you the latest in affordable fashion. H&M is not new to collaborating with the big wigs of fashion, their ’04 colab with Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld springs immediately to mind, so the new line of clothes has been eagerly awaited for months now and has sprung many an internet debate mostly focusing on the cost of the pieces which are to be expected to be on the pricey side for the rock bottom retailer H&M.

Personally I fear that the prices and the clothes themselves may fall into a no man’s land between the thrifty ubiquity of H&M’s standard line and the high level exclusivity of Comme des Garçon’s, both end’s of the scale cancelling each other out landing the line in a chasm of mediocrity… though, *pause for effect* only time will tell…

Jump through for my menswear highlights of the collection available at select stores worldwide from the 13th of November.

[Source: Nitrolicious]

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Accessories, Designer Spotlight, News

Ex-Dior Homme Designer Jordan Askill Bejewels DSM!

By Will Reid on September 22nd, 2008

JAskill1_Pendant08_b.jpgJordan Askill, a designer whose work for Dior Homme and Ksubi has cemented him as a name to keep an eye on, has launched a jewellery collection at Dover Street Market (DSM.) Dover Street Market is a fashion emporium founded by Rei Kawakubo and her husband and it has become known for its artistic installations, exclusive lines and designer collaborations. In previous years, we’ve seen a hotel room designed by Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and a Tiki-hut check-out.

Akill’s jewellery line is made up of edgy, androgynous pieces that could be worn by either guys or girls and Vogue reports that “the debut jewellery offering features bird, boy and rose motifs as fragile and rare entities – the flora, fauna and humanity of life – set in a claw to denote them as “precious memories to capture“. Lovely.

(Source: Vogue UK)

Accessories, Clothing, Designer Spotlight

WISHLIST: CDG Embossed Wallet at Start London

By Will Reid on September 3rd, 2008

cdg.jpgMy style pick for this week is this gorgeous Comme Des Garcons wallet from Start London. Mr Start, a past columnist for Brandish, has a great look and I can imagine this item slotting into his vintage chic and classic cool wardrobe quite nicely. The embossed leather is a great cerulean blue, made famous by the brilliant film ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ The wallet has a zip around two sides and an “internal pocket to hold either coins, cards or bills.”

CDG Wallet, £45, Start London


Hadley Freeman says enough to high fashion on the high street

By admin on August 19th, 2008

comme des garcons hm pictures.jpgRare are the occasions when I disagree with Hadley Freeman, there was a bit of fuss about bright opaque tights when her book came out but on the whole she’s a good ‘un.
Today in Guardian though Hadders was less than enthusiastic about the Comme des Garçons collection for H&M saying: “while Comme’s granddad styles might look like the apogee of chic when done with the highest quality of fabrics and sold in the snootiest of department stores, the budget versions, one suspects, will have a different look.”

Ok so the hammer pants may not become one of the bestsellers but the menswear is actually pretty good. We featured pictures yesterday and I think this will be one designer collection the men can actually get their teeth into, for once.

Designer Spotlight, News, Trends

Comme des Garçons for H&M revealed

By admin on August 18th, 2008

Pictures of the forthcoming Comme des Garçons collection for H&M have been leaked to Fashionista and my intial verdict is thumbs up for the menswear. The women’s collection might be a little overly quirky (I’m reserving final opinion for when the range hits the shops) but the menswear is spot on, no pun intended. Rei Kawakubo has obviously retained CDG’s spirit in a surprisingly mainstream collection. From what I can see it’s a mix of quality tailoring with some well-placed, original flourishes like bias-cut fabrics and contrasting buttonholes.

Can I put in a request for polka dots to take the crown from stripes? We just need to find a successor to plaid for next spring. Answers on a postcard please.

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Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Designer Spotlight

Comme Des Garcons blazer

By admin on July 29th, 2008

Lining has been an interesting part of blazers for a while now, with inventive designers using it to showcase a contrasting colour or pattern. Comme Des Garçons have gone one step further with this lining print of an anime-like boxer. It’s the kind of the lining that seriously makes you consider walking around in the same pose the models doing above. You can get this from the usual outlets once they start stocking the A/W collections.

Coats & Jackets, News

Going to Henley Regatta? Wear Comme des Garcons plaid jacket

By admin on July 4th, 2008

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This weekend sees Henley Regatta in full swing and if you’re heading down to Boris Johnson’s old constituency you’d better look the part. Comme des Garcons’ plaid jacket will look great teamed with a straw boater and some deck shoes and is perfect for lounging on the banks of the Thames.

The acid-bright check contrasts nicely with the chunky, boxy tailoring and slightly cropped sleeves while the pale cream buttons add a vintage feel. You can get your hands on this coat at Browns for the sale price of £255, tally ho!


Comme Des Garçons’ CDG Energy C Parfum

By admin on June 13th, 2008

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If you wake up feeling like you need a kickstart to the day then CDG’s Energy C Parfum might be the answer. Hurry up though because the Lime is already out of stock, which means you can only get your hands on the Grapefruit and Lemon scents. They’re £22 each and sound like just the thing to liven up the mornings… I’ll take five!


Monocle x Comme des Garçons: Scent One – Hinoki review

By admin on May 19th, 2008

monoclehinoki.jpgNew male fragrances that aren’t endorsed by David Beckham are pretty rare these days, so it’s refreshing to see a magazine like Monocle decide to make one. Given the care they’ve taken in designing their magazine and website, it’s an almost certainly that that Hinoki will be given the same amount of care and attention.

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T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Grey and green Comme Des Garçons polo shirt from Dover Street Market

By admin on May 8th, 2008

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Everyone is cracking out the summer wear but now the sun has come out I keep seeing one of my pet hates, beachwear as officewear.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for keeping cool but I don’t know why that equates with late ’90s surfbum look. This two-tone Comme Des Garçons polo shirt from Dover Street Market (£70) is sharp and will keep its good looks no matter how hot you get. Team with a pair of lightweight tailored bright trousers in deep blue or if you’re really hot now might be the time to go for short shorts.

Accessories, Designer Spotlight

Comme Des Garcons x Chromehearts

By admin on April 4th, 2008


Whilst collaborations are pretty standard,
it’s still interesting to hear of a Comme
Des Garçons and Chromehearts jewellery collection
. Looking at the
collection, it seems the idea of a CDG and Chromehearts collaboration is a lot
more interesting than the actuality of it. The shirts were almost too boring
for words – apart from the words I just typed – and the jewellery is good but dull.

Despite my knee jerk reactions, I’m sure
these will look much better in person when they launch in Dover Street Market
this spring.


Comme des Garcons for H&M coming to a store near you in Autumn!

By admin on April 3rd, 2008

H&M commes des garcons collection menswear.jpgThe closest I’ve come to being this excited about an H&M collaboration is the forthcoming Marimekko collection, but the news that Comme Des Garçons are planning a collection with H&M surely tops them all.

The collection will include womenswear and menswear as well as accessories and a unisex fragrance which I can’t wait to sniff! Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons’ designer and founder is also producing a few children’s pieces.

Margareta van den Bosch, who recently took semi-retirement but is still at H&M as creative advisor said: “Rei Kawakubo has been at the top of our wish list for a long time and we are thrilled that she has chosen to collaborate with us.” Visit Catwalk Queen to keep reading.


Trends: Watch & Wear- Le Freak c’est Chic!

By Will Reid on February 14th, 2008

Tb The time has come for the return of the eccentric dresser. But before you all stop reading this, firm in the belief that I have finally cracked, I promise that I am not subliminally feeding you pages from ‘An Idiot’s Guide to … being an Idiot,’ but instead providing you with an outfit that will allow you to get freaky without the raised eyebrows- more crinkled blazer than straitjacket.

See after the jump for a great, freak-chic outfit.

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Raf Simons and Fred Perry

By admin on February 12th, 2008

RafHot on the heels of the Comme Des Garçons collaboration, Fred Perry are now pairing up with Jil Sander head honcho and King of sub-cultural style, Raf Simons. This adds another line to Simons’s bulging portfolio – along with Jil Simons he designs his own name label and Raf for Raf Simons and a line of backpacks for Eastpack.
Fred Perry were looking to broaden their product range from “a few star polo shirts” which CDG “weren’t on board for” according to the Fred Perry spokesman. Oo-er, that sounds a bit snarky.
The range will be available this Autumn. It will include polos, sweaters and trousers all in black with different coloured logos. Very understated.
[via DNR]

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