Rei Kawakubo collaborates with Gucci and Burberry on mini holiday collection

Rei Kawakubo has convinced Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Burberry star Riccardo Tisci to collaborate on a holiday collection.According to editors at WWD, the 76-year-old Japanese designer, who is revered for her work at brand Comme Des Garcons (CDG), …

Rei Kawakubo has convinced Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Burberry star Riccardo Tisci to collaborate on a holiday collection.

According to editors at WWD, the 76-year-old Japanese designer, who is revered for her work at brand Comme Des Garcons (CDG), has created a collection of holiday items, based on an “iconic” piece of clothing, accessory or design fragment from her peers’ respective fashion houses.

The capsule collection of nine items, includes a “first time ever” collaboration for Maison Martin Margiela, as led by John Galliano, who allowed Rei to rework its iconic AIDS charity T-shirt, which has been reissued annually since 1993.

Fashion fans can also purchase Jean Paul Gaultier’s classic Breton top with red polka dots added to the sailor stripes, and a Burberry check scarf featuring the slogan “My Energy Comes from my Freedom” emblazoned across it. Other designers who have contributed to the range include Walter Van Beirendonck, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Marine Serre, and Stussy. The items will cost from $250 – $500 (£194 – £389).

“We have always enjoyed the synergies of CDG-style collaborations, which is not about brainstorming and back-and-forth with the other party but about trust and respect,” Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garcons International and chief executive at Dover Street Market, told WWD. “Rei does not enjoy two captains on a ship. So, we either leave it to them or ask that they leave it to her. The nine brands were very happy to leave it to her this time.”

For streetwear brand Stussy, the playful designer switched the California brand’s logo upside down on a classic white T-shirt.

“It’s so cool,” Joffe smiled. “It’s about giving the possibility for accident and synergy.”

The collection, part of Comme des Garcons’ annual holiday campaign, will go on sale on Friday (23Nov18) in Rei’s boutique network in Japan, before it is rolled out to other CDG stores and Dover Street Market locations on 6 December.

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