Comme des Garçons Men’s

Rei Kawakubo is always reaching for big statements at Comme des Garçons, and for spring she found a way to wow with skulls, a motif that’s been bouncing around the art scene for years—think Damien Hirst.


Beginning with rough paint-stroke skulls on the back of her models’ heads, Kawakubo’s entire spring collection was a voodoo line-up of cranial treatments: skulls and checks for wide, cropped cotton trousers worn with short, boxy blazers; muted floral-like skull patterns, super-sized skull shadows for the back yokes of pale blue, untucked shirts; skull shoe tips; and finally, a whole load of full-skirted party dresses, some over narrow cropped trousers, in all-over Scream-style skull jacquards.

Giddy, feverish and ultimately hilarious, Kawakubo’s skulduggery is one way to say boo.

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