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

Fashion: a misconception

   Fashion is something that has been around since the beginning of everything. There have been different trends and styles and rules throughout history. I decided to write this because I feel there are so many misconceptions about fashion and what it actually means.

  When I used to tell people I really liked clothes and fashion, some of them would tell me that it’s superficial, that liking clothes means you are materialistic and that I just like spending my money on useless things. And this is used to confuse me, because to me, watching people on the street, analysing what they were wearing, how they were wearing it, it gave me an idea of who they are as a person. You can tell so much from the way someone dresses. Fashion and style are a way of expressing yourself. 

  Of course there are people that say they love fashion and what they actually mean is they love having expensive brand items so that they can flaunt it. But that doesn’t actually mean you are interested in fashion. Every piece of clothing has a story behind it, it has history. Whether it’s from a luxury brand, from your local boutique or from a thrift store. They all have a story, they were all inspired by something or someone from the past or from the future. 

  Unfortunately, many big brands started making clothes because they sell. I think that’s really sad, because yes, maybe some of the pieces I want to buy are really expensive, but I want them because I know there was thought put into creating it, there were hours of researching and working just to make that one piece of clothing.

  People don’t understand how important clothing is for example in movies. We just see the characters and the action of the movie, but the costume designer put so much work into styling that character. The outfits have to be historically correct, they have to match the character’s personality but still stick to the theme of the movie. Unfortunately, there are some costume designers that don’t put in that much effort, but in every good movie that we all love, I guarantee you, if the costumes were not well chosen, the movie wouldn’t have been as good or as successful.

  I love learning about the stories behind certain fashion shows, pieces, designers, why they are using a certain fabric, etc. And I think there need to be more sources that allow you to reach this information. I know I already talked about magazines, but I think they really influence the way society views the fashion industry. I think that instead of writing about the new upcoming trends they should talk about the process of creating a collection, about the backstory of that collection, what every piece represents, why the designer chose this theme and not something else. This way people would understand why some pieces are so expensive and why people like me love fashion. Because it’s an art but also a story. 

  That is why I started this blog, I am trying to post articles about the story behind collections, designers’ backstories, thoughts about the fashion industry, other places where you can gather information. I write these articles because I know I would love to be able to find this kind of information on the internet. I do it because I hope I can help people with the same interests as me. 

  Moral of the story is: Fashion isn’t this superficial thing everyone makes it put to be. It’s something way deeper with a lot of meaning.

  I hope this helps and motivates you to do your research on the things you love. You might be surprised at what you find. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

The Creative Directors of the Big Fashion Brands

I wanted to share this list because I know I searched for this information all over the internet, so I did my research and copile all of the information into one place, so that if you ever need this information you know where to find it. I think this can be really helpful for people who want to learn more about the fashion industry. Here you go:

                                        Creative Directors

A/X Armani Exchange – Patrick Robinson

Acne Studios – Jonny Johansson

Alexander McQueen – Sarah Burton

Alice & Olivia – Stacey Bendet

Alexander Wang – Alexander Wang

Aquazzura – Edgardo Osorio

Balenciaga – Demna Gvasalia

Balmain – Olivier Rousteing 

Bottega Veneta – Daniel Lee

Burberry – Riccardo Tisci

Bvlgari – Lucia Silvestri

Chloe – Gabriela Hearst

Chanel – Virginie Viard

Celine – Hedi Slimane

Christian Lacroix – Sacha Walckhoff

Christian Louboutin – Christian Louboutin

Cartier – Marie-Laure Cerede

Carolina Herrera – Wes Gordon

Coach – Stuart Vevers

Cult Gaia – Jasmin Larian

Comme des Garcons – Rei Kawakubo

Dion Lee –  Dion Lee

Dior – Maria Grazia Chiuri

Dolce and Gabbana – Domenico Dolce

Dries Van Noten – Dries Van Noten

Dsquared2 – Dean and Dan Caten

Fendi – Kim Jones

Giambattista Valli – Giambattista Valli

Gianvito Rossi – Gianvito Rossi

Giuseppe Zanotti – Giuseppe Zanotti

Givenchy – Matthew Williams

Golden Goose – Alessandro Gallo

Gucci – Alessandro Michele

Guess – Paul Marciano

Hermes – Pierre Alexis Dumas

Isabel Marant – Isabel Marant

J W Anderson – Jonathan Anderson

Jacquemus – Simon Porte Jacquemus

Jil Sander – Lucie Meier

Jimmy Choo – Sandra Choi

Just Cavalli – Roberto Cavalli

Karl Lagerfeld – Virginie Viard

Kate Spade – Nicola Glass

Kenzo – Felipe Oliveira Baptista 

Lanvin – Bruno Sialelli

Louis Vuitton – Nicolas Ghesquiere

Loewe – Jonathan Anderson

Lacoste – Louise Trotter

Levi’s – Renee Perdomo

Moschino – Jeremy Scott

Mulberry – Johnny Coca

Maison Margiela – John Galliano 

Miu Miu – Miuccia Prada

Mugler – Casey Cadwallader

Marni – Francesco Risso

Max Mara – Ian Griffiths

Michael Kors – Marcel Ostwald

Marc Jacobs – John Targon

Manolo Blahnik – Manolo Blahnik

Nina Ricci – Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herenbrugh

Off White – Virgil Abloh

Oscar de la Renta – Fernando Garcia

Prada – Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli

Paco Rabanne – Julien Dossena 

Palm Angels – Francesco Ragazzi

Paul Smith – Simon Homes

Philipp Plein – Roberto Magnani

Pinko – Caterina Negra

Ralph Lauren – Kevin Carrigan

Raf Simons – Raf Simons

Rebecca Minkoff – Rebecca Minkoff

Red Valentino – Piccioli

Rick Owens – Rick Owens

Saint Laurent – Anthony Vaccarello

Schiaparelli – Daniel Roseberry

Salvatore Ferragamo – Paul Andrew 

Stella McCartney – Stella McCartney 

Stuart Weitzman – Giovanni Morelli

Steve Madden – Matthew Ellenberger

Tom Ford – Thomas Ford

Tommy Hilfiger – Trent Wisehart

Ted Baker – Anthony Cuthbertson

Tory Burch – Tory Robinson

Valentino – Pierpaolo Piccioli

Vetements – Demna Gvasalia

Versace – Donatella Versace

Vivienne Westwood – Andreas Kronthaler

Zimmermann – Nicky Zimmermann

Zac Posen – Zac Posen

Zadig and Voltaire – Cecilia Bonstrom

I hope that this was helpful and that you enjoyed, because I know this is really helpful for me. Let me know what you would like to see next by leaving a comment. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

Ways to learn a language faster

I speak 4 languages fluently, and I know sometimes it’s hard to learn a new language. So here are some tips:

  1. Try and surround yourself with people that speak that language.
  2. When you watch a movie and you can add subtitles, choose the subtitles in the language you are trying to learn.
  3. Listen to music in that language.
  4. Reading is probably the hardest, but if you already know more or less the language, reading could really help you with vocabulary and expressions.
  5. Find someone to talk to that can also correct you if you pronounced something wrong.

If you know any other tips leave them in the comment section and don’t forget to leave a like.

XOXO,Delayla