Japanese Designers | Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons. It's obvioulsy impossible to talk about Japanese designers without mentioning Rei Kawakubo, one of the most influential fashion designers in the world. Let's share a bit of history and some of Comme des Garçons latest creations.

 

Rei Kawakubo, 川久保 玲, illustrious founder of Comme des Garçons, was born on the 11th October 1942 in Tokyo. She is an untrained fashion designer, but studied fine arts and literature at Keio University. After graduation, Kawakubo worked in a textile company and began working as a freelance stylist in 1967.

 

In 1973, she established her own company, Comme des Garçons Co. Ltd in Tokyo and opened up her first boutique in Tokyo in 1975. Starting out with women's clothes, Kawakubo added a men's line in 1978. Three years later, she started presenting her fashion lines in Paris each season, opening up a boutique in Paris in 1982.

 

Comme des Garçons specialises in anti-fashion, austere, sometimes deconstructed garments. During the 1980s, her garments were primarily in black, dark grey or white. The materials were often draped around the body and featured frayed, unfinished edges along with holes and a general asymmetrical shape. Challenging the established notions of beauty she created an uproar at her debut Paris fashion show where journalists labeled her clothes 'Hiroshima chic' amongst other things. Since the late 1980s, her colour palette has grown somewhat.

 

Rei likes to have input in all the various aspects of her business, rather than just focusing on clothes and accessories. She is greatly involved in graphic design, advertising, and shop interiors believing that all these things are a part of one vision and are inextricably linked. Her Aoyama, Tokyo store is known for its sloping glass facade decorated with blue dots. This was designed in collaboration between Rei and architect Future Systems and interior designer Takao Kawasaki.[1] Rei published her own bi-annual magazine, 'Six' (standing for 'sixth sense'), in the early 1990s. It featured very little text and consisted mainly of photographs and images that she deemed inspiring. In 1996 Rei was guest editor of the high art publication Visionaire.

 

Rei is known to be quite reclusive and media shy, preferring her innovative creations to speak for themselves. Her designs have inspired many other late designers like the Belgian Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester, as well as Austrian designer Helmut Lang.

Source: http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/designers/rei-kawakubo/

 

Website: www.comme-des-garcons.com 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/commegarcons

 

 

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Japanese Designers | Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons | From 2012 to 2014. Photos: Style.com

 

 

 
Date 06/11/2014
Category Designers & Brands


JAPAN SPECIAL. Japanese Designers | BALMUNG AW2014. Hachi Balmung established in brand in Tokyo in the year 2007. After studying computerized control engineering in high school and clothes-making at a dressmaking school, he started making clothes under his own label “BALMUNG” and began selling them at select shops in Tokyo. 

 

His collections are produced in Japan.

 

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BALMUNG AW2014 | www.balmung.jp

 

 

 

 
Date 31/10/2014
Category Designers & Brands


Japanese + French designer | NATTOFRANCO. "Nattofranco is a new identity represented by two halves. Part 1: “Natto” is a traditional Japanese fermented soybean dish. “Franco” is the French that runs through Part 2. France is what I live by, Japan is a Muse. “Nattofranco basically means half-French half Japanese in my own Language.” Nattofranco is a search with the purpose to find the perfect balance between these two identities.These two identities live within me  and come out in my designs."

 

Words by Noemie Aiko Sebayashi, Nattofranco designer.

 

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Noemie Aiko Sebayashi grandparents

 

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Lia Catreux & Esther Boiteux wearing Humano and Koala Tees available on the Nattofranco online boutique.


 

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NATTOFRANCO | nattofranco.com

 


 
Date 30/10/2014
Category Designers & Brands


Weekly Moodboard by The Inspiration Provider for Lelook | #7 PURPLE METALLIC CLAY Deep purple + bronze make an excellent combo mixed with woody pink and spicy brown. Bold shapes and silhouettes both voluptuous and sharply geometric. Relating the rawest clay bricks with the iridescent metallic Anny Wang cabinet. An image with technical delicacy and rough at the same time.




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Date 04/10/2014
Category Trends


Hungarian Designers | Dora Konsanszky a Hungarian designer, combines sophisticated techniques and refined tailoring on the road to finding new, innovative detail and materials. Dora’s experience of English and French tailoring enables her to merge a knowledge of both; and mixing masculine cuts with a French freedom she is able to shape the female form, while giving it a Hungarian 'vibe'. Inspirations had often come from mere intuition based on arts and from different kinds of ‘music’, where some parts may be reinterpreted by her.

 

She believes that her strengths and effortless, visionary way of design can enable the “konsanszky” brand to draw near to and step inside the contemporary fashion scene.

 

The brand was established in 2006. Since its launch, it has developed more lines, including a special jeans-pants line and variable jackets, leather-fur jackets, coats, dresses and tops. She also launched a complementary accessories line in 2011.

 

Hungarian Designers | Konsanszky

 

Hungarian Designers | Konsanszky

 

Hungarian Designers | Konsanszky

 

Hungarian Designers | Konsanszky

 

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Date 02/10/2014
Category Designers & Brands


 
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