Sunday, 17 August 2008

Com(m)e and stay with me

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If I were to name a few of my favourite labels, Comme des Garçons would be -without a doubt- one of them. Traumatic experiences (aka several articles missed on e-bay) made me lost faith in owning a Rei Kawakubo's design.

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So, as you can imagine, I received the collaboration with H&M as great news. The whole line screams CdG: polka dots galore, black, deconstruction...

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On the other hand, many people are complaining because CdG is suppossed to be a non-commercial brand, and this collaboration is regarded as a big marketing maneuver. What are your thoughts on this?


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Come and stay with me - Marianne Faithfull

23 comments:

Fashionistadiary said...

cdg is so out there! i really love it. wearing one of their designs would def make you stand out! amazing!

...love Maegan said...

it's definitely fun. As far as commercial vs non-commercial, does it really matter? no. It's affordable and why shouldn't everyone have a chance to look fabulous?

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celia said...

I was one of the people who were shocked in a bad way about this collaboration due to my love for CdG. But seems I'll have to take my words back because I'd give anything to own any of these.
I don't hold much hopes of getting them in London though, half the city will be there queueing :(

Aretha said...

El abrigo y las chaquetas en general son un verdadero must de la marca. Me encanta como superponen los polka dots

Rora said...

yeah i can't say i'm thrilled about the hair...but the clothes look great! i don't think there's anything wrong w/ cdg going more commercial if it means that poor people like me will be able to wear their clothes :]

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

wow these are some crazy pieces! i think just one would make a nice addition to my wardrobe to add a bit of sass.

Sunniva said...

It seems like everyone will be collaborating with H&M soon. Even though CdG is supposed to be a non-commercial brand, aren't all brands commercial in one way or another? Every brands intentention is to sell their clothes, and I think that CdG are making a good choice by working with H&M so that more people can afford their clothes!

Nice post xxx

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

I totally concur with Sunniva's comment.I could not have said it better myself.
Love the polka dot designs.fab blog
x
Marian

The Clothes Horse said...

I'm excited to see these pieces in person. People should be glad their favorite line is doing well, the regular line shouldn't change.

Mila said...

I adore the dark blue coat!
I definitely want it, but i am not going to be one pf the hysterical women out there on the day it launches... ;)

I think it's their choice to go commercial like this, but i can imagine true fans of the label are a little disappointed. However, i really like the collaberation (i can't write anymore..)

Love, Mila.

LEESH said...

gimme gimme gimme!! i think they are fabulous and outrageous and simply marvelous! Although, I would never wear the trousers in the second photo, the rest of the collection totally rocks!

xx

Porcelain Garden said...

Being consistently broke, I love the idea of the collaboration. It gives those who are not familiar with the label a little taste (and may even spawn new fans) and it gives those that covet the label another way (and reason) to have an affordable piece they'll surely treasure.

Luna said...

I like.

editor said...

as a HUGE fan mmyself, i prefer to think of it as a democratic move, where they realize that the label's designs are appreciated by more than just those who can afford them. this is a one-time opportunity to serve those customers.

discothequechic said...

my word, that hair!

and i love the look, it's very minnie mouse.

susie_bubble said...

I think ppl are deluded if they think CdG is 'non-commercial'...the number of perfumes they have, the t-shirt lines, the children lines....the number of collaborations they do.... I think ppl are blinded by the design ethos of Rei which is undoubtedly visionary but they forget that she is a sound business woman as well....

desmitten said...

I think its great when high end designers make an affordable line for those who appreciate their clothes. I love it!

FELICITY [!] said...

CdG is definitely unique. yet stylish, of course.
i love the look with the big polkadot scarf.
& on the commercial vs. non topic, i think collabing with H&M is a wonderful idea, im sure lots of people will love the line.

Little Miss Dress Up said...

so excited for this! if only we had H&M!!!

I heart milk said...

I would love to get my hands on the blue coat. It's really simple and pretty.

Kat said...

i can't wait to get a piece of it ;)

The Frocker said...

I guess people are upset because putting CdG clothes in H&M makes it more accessible to the general public, and that seems to go against CdG's image, but... every clothing line is "commercial." I mean, they have to make money somehow, right? So maybe it's that CdG just seems to be less mainstream -- exactly the opposite of H&M.

Personally, I think it's a good idea. If not for people who can't afford CdG clothing normally, at least then for people who may not get a chance to see Kawakubo's clothing in person otherwise. I'm a firm believer that fashion should be accessible to all (mainly in terms of price), so I love the designer collaborations that are all the rage these days, especially because it forces stores to up their design and fabric quality.

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