Rei Kawakubo

  The name Rei Kawakubo might not seem familiar to a lot of people unfortunately, but Comme des Garcons might. Rei Kawakubo is the wonderful woman behind the CDG clothing brand. With this article, I want to help more people discover her as a designer, artist and person. 

  She was born on 11th of October 1942, in Tokyo Japan. She always had a rebellious nature, changing up her school uniform by bunching her socks down to her ankles. Rei graduated in 1964 from Keio University in Tokyo where she studied the arts and aesthetics. She always considered her mom as her role mother, since her mom left Rei’s father  because he wouldn’t allow her to work outside of her house. Kawakubo left home after finishing college and started working at a textile factory in the advertising department. Her superior gave her full creative freedom and started becoming involved in collecting costumes and props for photoshoots. This led her to start designing her own pieces that she could use for certain photoshoots. She left the factory 3 years later so that she could become a freelance stylist.

   Kawakubo starts selling her pieces in shops under the Comme des Garcons label in Tokyo in 1969 and opened her first shop in 1973. Within 10 years she had over 150 stores all over Japan. Rei wanted to design comfortable clothing for women ( comme des garcons). She wanted to create clothes for independent women who didn’t want to fit the stereotype of what women should wear and how they should look. By 1981 she added 3 new clothing lines (Homme, Tricot and Robe de Chambre).

   Her pieces were ill-fitting, loose, asymmetrical and the color black was never missing. People started calling her work “Anti-Fashion” and critics weren’t very fond of her and her work. She helped change fashion by defying female beauty concepts and the way people perceive things. Rei once said that beauty is what brings excitement.

    Rei is known for designing her stores in a very avant garde and creative way, using them as a creative outlet. She and her husband, Adrian Joffe, created a high fashion mecca called Dover Street Market which was inspired by now-defunct  Kensington Market, a three store bazaar where you could find subculture fashions from the 1960s until it closed in 2000. At DSM they invited international up-and-coming and already established designers so they could display and sell their work

   Along the years she added a new popular streetwear line, called Comme des Garcons PLAY, an affordable collection entitled BLACK that referenced past season bestsellers and collaborated with H&M on a collection that became very popular.

   Many designers, including Martin Margiela and Helmut Lang, have referenced Kawakubo as an inspiration for their own designs. Kawakubo is often considered to be both a fashion designer and artist. This speaks to the ways in which her designs are able to bridge the boundaries between fashion and art.

    A few of her pieces:

  Hope this was helpful and that you learned something new from this. Let me know if there is a certain designer you would want me to write about. Have a great day,

                                                                                                             XOXO,Delayla

L’amour by Jacquemus

  Hi guys, today we are going to talk about Simone Jacquemus’ ready-to-wear s/s 2021 collection, called L’amour. I am obsessed with everything Jacquemus comes out with and I love that every show and collection has a story and a meaning behind it. This collection started taking shape during lockdown and the inspiration for it was common things around our homes. 

  The name of the collection, L’amour, expresses Simone’s love toward his team and family. The show took place outside in a wheatfield with very few guests. The designer said he wanted to make the show feel personal and also tried to keep the safety distance between the guests. 

  Jacquemus also wanted to address the 2020 conversation in the fashion community, about inclusivity, authenticity and diversity. He also decided to only present 2 collections per year, these collections being presented on an actual runway, since Simone doesn’t think the beauty of a fashion show can be captured by a camera. 

  Now, let’s talk about some of the looks from this stunning show:

  I love this look, the way Jacquemus turned something so common and basic like a pillow into this stunning two piece. It blows my mind how this man comes up with these ideas.

  The asymmetry of the blazer and the way the colors mix is a match made in heaven. Also, the materials Simone uses in this collection have this delicate and simple yet sophisticated feel that I adore. Let’s not forget about the plate bag that, even though it might not be practical on a day to day basis, it just fits the theme and the vibe of the show perfectly.

  I am living for these high waisted pants and the way they tie around the waist just under the shirt that matches the pants perfectly in a way I would have never thought of. Also, the Chiquito earrings are my favorite accessory from this collection along with the door knob bracelet.

  These are just a few of my personal favorite looks from the show, which I highly recommend you look at. You can find it on Vogue Runway along with comments and everything. Hope you enjoyed. let me know if you want me to talk about a certain collection in the comments below. Have a great day,

                                                                                           XOXO, Delayla

Harris Reed’s new demi-couture collection

  Most people now think of Harris Reed as the person who dressed Harry Styles in a dress. But recently he came out with a beautiful demi-couture collection. The collection consists of 7 looks that break all misconceptions about how men can and should dress. 

  I love the fact that Reed stayed true to himself and used all the hate people threw at  him to create these looks. Reed told Vogue: “Having people maybe have an issue with the way that I express myself, you know, it constantly fuels my creative think tank”.

And, of course I love the outfits. The ombre tulle is stunning and the way he paired the tulle with a two piece suit is genius. Also, the headpieces are out of this world. I have to say I am really impressed with this collection. He did everything right. The photographs are on point, the styling as well and the actual clothes are awesome. If you didn’t see the looks yet I will put them below so you can see what I am talking about. Let me know what you think about this collection.

   Have a great day, XOXO,Delayla