Rei Kawakubo's collections are always celebrations. Celebrations of death, life, youth, separation, heroes or of punk culture. For the Spring Summer 2018 collection of Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, the message was clear: optimism. This was the celebration of party boys, from the catwalk to the dance floor in a way, an invitation to party hard in the salle Wagram, a place filled with emotions, with history as often with the designer & founder of Comme des Garçons. A place that means something where huge ceremonies, parties under Napoleon III were held. This is not at all a pretentious idea but instead it is a genuine will of bringing back the fashion show on the catwalk. Be less serious, less cerebral and just enjoy this F***ing moment; celebrate, dance as if you still were in the 90's. This collection is an expression of freedom translated into a wardrobe; a classic Comme tailoring  meeting riots of  prints/colors/textures, odd patchworks, a chaotic mix of prints (flowers, leopard, glitter, faux fur, tie & dye), an upside down tailoring with apparent lining. The clothes are definitely embodying this optimism, this freedom of expression, of creation.  Perhaps Rei Kawakubo has just revived the vibrant spirit of the Manchester raves? Her message can literally be associated with the state of our world: remain positive no matter what is happening out there, carry on & live your life, express yourself, be bold, take life as a huge party, enjoy it preciously, just cherish it. You could see/feel this message through the garments, with the boys embodying their roles, dancing on the catwalk, smiling in these beautiful clothes! After all these years, Rei still knows how to surprise us and contrary to many "lazy" designers for this SS18 season, she is still going forward and keeps on building a unique & completely fascinating storytelling!

Photography by Lucie Rox via Dazed Digital

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