Rei Kawakubo: ‘I don’t sketch or style’

Comme des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo doesn’t sketch or style and has a “unique way of working”. The 76-year-old, who heads one of the most influential fashion houses in the world, opened up about her unusual design process, and explained why she wil…

Comme des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo doesn’t sketch or style and has a “unique way of working”.

The 76-year-old, who heads one of the most influential fashion houses in the world, opened up about her unusual design process, and explained why she will never be pigeonholed.

“I design the company, not pieces of clothing,” Kawakubo told Dezeen. “It’s nothing about clothes, it’s a different way to express my value of Comme des Garcons. I don’t sketch or style. It’s a unique way of working, I don’t think anybody else works like that.”

Ever since she established the brand in Tokyo back in 1969, Kawakubo has always had creative control.

“It’s the only brand in the world that works like that A-Z,” she stated. “If my eyes aren’t on it, it’s not Comme des Garcons.”

Comme des Garcons has luxury stores in several countries, including Japan, America, France and the U.K., and both the brand and its founder were featured in a major exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York back in 2017.

However, Kawakubo never studied fashion, and instead started out by getting a job in a textile factory, where she began styling. After struggling to find the clothes she wanted, she started designing her own, and eventually set up her company – Comme des Garcons.

“I’m not an artist, not a fashion designer,” she explained. “I always wanted to use fashion as a tool, as a material to make a business out of creation. I wanted to be independent, make a business and work.”

The petite designer is known for her simple, understand style, and wears her hair in a sleek bob with a sharp fringe.

But when asked to describe her style, she appeared confused.

“I never thought of making my own style. I just wear the things I make,” she said simply. “It’s Comme des Garcons style.”

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Jeremy Scott views camp as glamour mixed with ‘over-the-top humour’

Jeremy Scott has opened up about what camp means to him in the wake of the 2019 Met Gala.Designers took the theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, and ran with it at this year’s style extravaganza, with celebrities like Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Billy Porter…

Jeremy Scott has opened up about what camp means to him in the wake of the 2019 Met Gala.

Designers took the theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, and ran with it at this year’s style extravaganza, with celebrities like Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Billy Porter stepping out in spectacular designs.

The concept was taken from Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay of the same name, with an exhibition based around the idea set to open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday, curated by officials at the museum’s Costume Institute.

Talking about how camp informs his own designs, Scott told Interview magazine: “Camp to me means over-the-top humour, usually coupled with big doses of glamour. Like everything, the meaning is defined by context. A lot of what is now camp was dead serious at one time, and vice versa.

“I’ve grown up in a very post-post-modern world-references piled on top of references, decades re-emerged and remixed to define the ones we are living in. I grew up genuinely loving things that were bright and glossy, colourful and full of joy-like Barbie. Her late ’80s pink Corvette lifestyle of big blonde hair, totally pink minidresses, and perpetually perfect accessories are now, in this time, rendered ripe for camp.”

For Monday’s event, Moschino head Scott dressed Stella Maxwell, Sarah Paulson, Bella Hadid, Gwen Stefani, Perry, who’s outfit resembled a chandelier, Tracee Ellis Ross, who was decked out with a giant photo frame attached to the front of her dress, and Kacey Musgraves, who came as a real-life Barbie.

The designer ramped things up even more for the after-party looks, with Roar singer Perry slipping into a Moschino burger costume and Stefani swapping her sexy showgirl outfit for an ultra mini skirt with matching tank top bearing the New York Post’s logo.

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Naomi Campbell models new Pat McGrath Met collection

Pat McGrath has recruited Naomi Campbell to help promote details of her second collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Pat McGrath Labs will release The Adorned Collection, a fresh drop of make-up and clothes, to coincide with new exhibition …

Pat McGrath has recruited Naomi Campbell to help promote details of her second collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pat McGrath Labs will release The Adorned Collection, a fresh drop of make-up and clothes, to coincide with new exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed, which opens at The Met on 12 November (18).

“The exclusive Pat McGrath Labs x The Met The Adorned collection is absolutely legendary and I am thrilled to explore the intersection of adornment and artistry,” McGrath said, reports WWD. “The partnership is a true testament that there are no limits when it comes to creativity and collaboration.”

Fashion’s favourite make-up artist originally teamed with the iconic New York museum after the Met Gala in May, and her company is the first beauty brand to be sold at The Met.

The new line will be made up of a special edition of the sold out Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Eyeshadow Palette, a product which reportedly has a waiting list of thousands, Lust: Gloss in Aliengelic and Blitz Gold and long and short-sleeved T-shirts in unisex sizing. Prices range from $38 (£29) to $125 (£95).

Writing next to the video of Campbell on her Instagram account, McGrath excitedly told her followers: “THREE ICONS. ONE DROP. The LEGENDARY @naomi #NaomiCampbell in all her METALLIC MAJORNESS SLAYS in #MothershipV #BronzeSeduction. The iconic eye palette returns in a LIMITED EDITION #PMGxTheMET @TheMetStore collaboration TOMORROW at PATMcGRATH.COM — Sign up now to receive EXCLUSIVE EARLY ACCESS.”

The Adorned Collection, sold at the museum’s store and website as well as McGrath’s own, is available now.

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