Paris – Comme des Garçons’ autumn/winter 2012/2013 collection featured voluminous, oversized, cartoon-like garments.
Stiffened felts in electric pink and primary colours gave the collection’s coat-dresses and jacket and trouser combinations a cut-out paper doll appearance. Design was simplified with raw edges and turned-out seams, while garments were decorated with trompe l’oeil effects, polka dots and child-like splashes of colour.
Rei Kawakubo took this season’s trend for 1950s couture proportions and flattened them, creating a Super Minimal aesthetic, as covered in our Inspire section.
Kawakubo’s concept was a 2D representation of the future in a reaction to the increasingly available images from shows that feature live video streaming and detailed views of collections from every angle.
This simple approach and nostalgia for a child-like aesthetic provides a form of escapism for consumers.