Comme des Garcons Homme Plus Spring Summer 2016 Runway

Broken Tailoring was the theme for Rei Kawakubo’s SS16 Comme des Garçons Homme Plus collection. Kawakubo literally spliced and diced suiting in every conceivable fabric from pinstripes to tapestry fabrics depicting British hunting scenes. The careful dissection of each garment is Kawakubo’s own way of showing her reverence to the art of tailoring. Beyond the literal this collection seems that it could be Kawakubo’s comment on the current state of menswear. Men are quickly moving away from traditional tailoring and breaking the rules by dressing in a more daring manner. For almost a century men were stuck with the uniform of a suit and tie and took the back seat in the fashion arena as women’s wear took center stage. In recent, men have begun to break away from the constraints of the traditional tailored wardrobe that has been established for them for so many centuries. Men are no longer satisfied with just a simple suit and tie. Kawakubo’s latest collection pays respect to the beauty of the technique and craftsmanship of traditional tailoring but breaks it down and re-crafts it for today’s modern man.

-Samm Mackin

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