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Sometimes we have noticed how, in the collections by Rei Kawakubo in art Comme des Garçons, we can find the textile expression of philosophical concepts or perceptions on the contemporary deepened in the form of a dress.

The theatrical shows that characterize the presentations of the last seasons, accompany the spectators inside intense suggestions, emphasized by lights, music and scenes designed to enhance the cryptic proposal of the Japanese intellectual.

For the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 the inspiration comes from a work by Susan Sontag, Notes on Camp, in which the American author reflects around a sensitivity, defined precisely Camp and that we could summarize in the following passage:

 

«It is not a natural mode of sensibility, if there be any such. Indeed the essence of camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration. […] A sensibility is almost, but not quite, ineffable. Any sensibility which can be crammed into the mold of a system, or handled with the rough tools of proof, is no longer a sensibility at all. It has hardened into an idea.»

Source: Wikipedia

The theme, collected by Rei Kawakubo, is dressed up in hyper and oversized multicolor structures created exclusively for the fashion show, in the fellinian sound of Nino Rota, in the dim light reserved for the funny, excessive and dreamlike figures on the catwalk.

The following translation into the showroom reveals items of much more reasonable portability, although densely inhabited by that original poetic aura. The presence of velvet, of frequent floral rouche, of contrasting color stratifications composed on torn fabrics bring the collection to a Venetian atmospheres, evoking a luxurious and evolved 18th century, dedicated to an intense social life, enriched with occasions and cultural events. The designer‘s soul wraps so in textile acrobatics the curious, aesthetically vulnerable, silhouettes of female minds still available to welcome astonishment and imaginative value in the everyday routine, making it much more special!

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As always, an opportunity to appreciate the discovery is to accompany you into his show-room in Paris…

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A made in Italy sustained by promising names is hidden behind the young Miaoran brand.

Miao, the Italian-Chinese designer of the brand, after an education in design and pattern making at the most prestigious European schools, began an intense collaboration with Missoni.In 2015 he founded his own studio in Milan and in 2017, impressed by the talented trait of the boy, Giorgio Armani supports the Spring/Summer fashion show in the prestigious Armani Theater in the Tortona area.

Even if it still maintains a certain eclectic style, Miaoran already shows constants that identify the way it operates: a recurring presence of oversized volumes, which offer the possibility of being worn without distinction of gender and age; a deep knowledge of the fibers which are balance in a reasonable way in the ongoing season; a playful approach to the composition of the collections, traceable in the use of a personal graphic and illustrative ability, clearly visible in the last Spring/Summer, more subtle in the chromatic compositions of the Autumn/Winter 2018-2019. Even the inclusion of unique pieces and the search for suggestive fabrics can be considered characteristic elements of the young and curious designer.

Attentive to the suggestions and narratives of the experiences in the store, Miao reveals himself every time a skilled and promising interpreter of the contaminations between East and West that increasingly meander in the reserved environments of fashion.

 

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As always, an opportunity to appreciate the discovery is to accompany you into his show-room in Paris…

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At the acme of summer, the first winter arrivals distract us from the high temperatures and from the phlegmatic calm of the semi-deserted cities.

In the store we can taste the new season that day by day takes shape around the choices made six months ago, during the Milan and Paris orders.

There’s no need to be distracted though, because the news will be really exciting: authors like Marc Le BihanRenli Su and many other surprises, unprecedented poetics that will integrate the already available assortment, projecting us onto truly prolific, cultured and ingenious global modernity.

While waiting a quick look at the new arrivals, from Daniela Gregis to Boboutic, the 132. 5 by Issey Miyake, the nuno felt of Cri-S and the Trippen shoes…


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On the first day of Autumn, 21st of September, 2017, we find ourselves inside the Oratorio della Passione at the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio in Milan, a large wooden structure brushed with blue, an abiding memory of bathing establishments impregnated with sun and salt which welcomes the public and takes it back to the summer just passed.

Masterful interpreter of the most identifying aspects of the seasons, Daniela Gregis takes away from the public the summer nostalgia by carrying it with decision in the future Spring/Summer 2018.

The sea is a dominant presence, cited in the countless shades of blue, in the unusual variations of the typical sailor stripes, in the many forms of weaving: with horizontal stripes or laddered net squares. The maritime environment, with its relaxed rhythms and crafts that expand its flavors and rituals, is evoked in the light and colored fibers of linens, in the accessories, bags and buckets that lead to reserved beaches, two-colored straw baskets to be filled with local products. The modus of realizations is always complex: from the covered stitches on the inside and outside to make the clothes reversible, to experimental techniques on completely natural materials, such as the linen, ‘beaten’ and combined in chromatic overlaps from which derive previously unexpressed colors, to wise doses of light and dark. Airy gauze, light or relaxed canvases, washed, and other, more sustained, fabrics, among the countless possibilities of the designer to translate the summer of Bergamo, together with the inevitable playful elements traceable in her printed cottons: with multicolored stylized fish or brushed with confused and vital skies.

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The season takes shape, suggests occasions, brings closer and holds the best of days…

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Much closer to a theatrical performance, the Comme des Garçons fashion shows have become an opportunity to witness the staging of a sort of textile fashion zeitgeist. The designer’s renouncement of any sort of purposeful function for the season links, in fact, the viewers to an unprecedented interpretive tension, aimed at guessing the possible materials that they may be able to see later in the showroom but also, and this being everyone’s challenge, guessing the cryptic message carried by strictly scenographic clothes, often in symbiosis with the soundtrack. Inside the Russian embassy, the selected place for the Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show, we will not find any garment that can be worn, but the theme and the spirit of the collection, called Multidimensional Graffiti.

Rei Kawakubo arbitrarily combines the 16th century, in the recognizable works of Arcimboldo and Sesson Shuchei (an artist more familiar to the Japanese culture) with the contemporary black and white illustrations by Stefan Marx, the graphic design of the eBoy group, the manga drawings of Makoto Tahashi, or the colored faces of Serge Vollin. A hammering soundtrack, definitely pop, holds together the different artistic experiences, perhaps an invitation to recognize the value of youth culture or more a subtle parody of the confusion around the concept of contemporary art?

Accompanied by the many questions created by the designer herself, in the showroom we finally discover the translation in the form of dress of the Kawakubo provocations.

The pictorial or graphic works occupy the entire space of the dresses and shirts, classic fabrics, such as the glen plaid become gimmicks to emphasize more sophisticated textile games, made of cut sleeves and sewn on the body. The forms help, in their way of suiting nicely, to transform the female silhouettes into singular supports meant to lead elements of art history in everyday life.

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Our video footage can be an useful tool to enter with less difficulty in the most practicable dimension of Comme des Garçons and to learn also about the less daring world of the other line dear to the Maison, the Comme des Garçons-Comme des Garçons.

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