"Sold out, sold out, sold out…" intoned the serene shop assistant at the Comme des Gar√ßons store in Aoyama, Tokyo, as she flipped through the A/W 12-3 lookbook, indicating what had already run out in stock.  I was there with one singular mission, one which had been planted in my head as soon as the second or third silhouette stepped down the runway in complete silence back at the Comme des Gar√ßons "flat collection" show - and that was to buy at least one piece from what is now widely agreed to be a seminal Comme collection.  Actually, scratch that.  It was a seminal collection in general.  What seemed ludicrous and almost cartoonishly exaggerated on the runway back in March this year had mysteriously filtered into many of the S/S 13 collections where graphic flatness and 2-D planes were more often than not the central themes.  Call it the "comme down" effect if you will.

What's even more pleasantly surprising is how popular the collection has been in reality.  You probably saw more than a few of the A/W 12-3 pieces in action at fashion week – Lynn Yaeger, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Anna dello Russo were just a few of the devotees who showed their love for the big idea at Comme.  I also heard the collection was a big hit at Frieze art fair in London.  Sure, Comme devotees come in their droves in the art crowd but it's interesting to see what a collection with perceived difficulty of wear, embraced with such enthusiasm.  It's as though something clicked with this collection and collectively, a wide variety of people "got" Kawakubo's vision, as there was reason to buy into this collection beyond surface aesthetic fulfillment.  

I did the sensible thing and waited until my trip to Tokyo where it is marginally less expensive to fulfill my mission.  Whilst many of the pieces were indeed sold out, the sales assistant at the store was most helpful in showing me every single option there was left.  I opted for the rose-printed shorts and a camoflage/scribble print felt jacket, which predictably plays into my penchant for prints.  The plain felt pieces were tempting but I went with my gut instinct of wanting to plaster my body with huge roses and graffiti scribbles.  Thanks to Tommy Ton and his beady eyes, I lucked out at the designer consignment store Kind in Shibuya, Tokyo where for some reason, a pair of the curved floral-print trousers from the current Comme collection was for sale for a fraction of the original price.  Someone had literally bought it brand new a few months ago and resold it at the store at a loss.  Oh well, their loss is fortunately my gain.  The trousers were a veritable bargain and proves why designer consignment shopping in Tokyo really can't be bested by anywhere else.   

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(Worn with Acne leather jacket, vintage Comme des Garcons Robe de Chambre knitted top, 3.1 Phillip Lim oxford shoes)

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(Worn with Kaal E Suktae sweater, Jen Brill & Olivia x Cole Haan shoes)

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**EDIT** Comme des Garcons jacket on Ivo Milan, one of the few online stockists of this season's CdG worn with Mary Katrantzou knit dress and Nike Flyknit Trainer+ - thanks to Soili for pointing it out

Comments (26)

  1. Betty says:

    Not gonna lie .. This is pure class’ love it

  2. Eryn says:

    <3 <3 <3 too much love.

  3. Sophie says:

    Those floral shorts are gorgeous!!
    scattergirll.blogspot.com

  4. Vani says:

    Lucky girl! You look so cute with the rose printed shorts.
    x

  5. I love your floral shorts!

  6. EUGENIA says:

    I CAN ONLY AGREE. ONE OF THE BEST COLLECTIONS AND I WISH I COULD HAVE SOMETHING FROM IT, MAY BE ONE DAY:)
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  7. Anastasios says:

    Actually only girls and gays can see cuteness in these pieces.
    To me they look like clown clothes… :)
    xoxoxo

  8. My own “match don’t match” philosophy. Don’t give up.
    Nicola
    http://nicolastlouis.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Judas Lee says:

    Thxxxx for letting my blog mentioned Bubble~<3
    i really adore this collection by CDG and you’ve got an innovative idea to Mix them perfectly~
    XO

  10. Ana says:

    That second combination I CANT EVEN
    That’s my favourite print from the collection (and that’s why I love this picture so much).

  11. Maya says:

    Such a fan of the second outfit! You rock that crazy Comme.

  12. Hilarious shorts. I really like them; the jacket too.

  13. Sari Purdy says:

    Wow! What funny shorts and coat. They look good on you.

  14. Dip It Black says:

    Love your outfits!
    They are always so different!
    And those pants are great!
    X
    http://dipitblack.com

  15. Soili says:

    Is not easy to find pieces of this extraordinary collection, but here:
    http://ivomilan.com/en/new_collections-1/All-0/COMME_DES_GARCONS-48/e-shop.htm
    there is still a good selection!

  16. susie_bubble says:

    Thanks for that! Didn’t know about this shop so will add the link!
    x

  17. Rhoda Wong says:

    those shapes and patterns are super innovative!
    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  18. Soili says:

    Thank you dear Susie! This shop is a little Tokyo in Italy!

  19. The other day I noticed the Colette online store had a handful of CDG items, including your jacket!
    Here’s a link: http://www.colette.fr/#/a/3/eshop/174/all/brand/2924/page/1/
    Love the first pair of shorts, only you can pull it off so well!
    Kate

  20. Rebecca says:

    The mind boggles at the amount of old CdG floating around Tokyo – I never thought I’d be able to afford any before we moved here!
    By the way, if you’d like me to keep an eye out for any Tao bits and bobs just give me a poke. Any excuse for a rummage in Kind…

  21. Lynkez says:

    I wish I got a pair of the floral shorts. So beautiful and classy.

  22. Nice color outfit! you can add stylish fashion jackets in your wardrobe to stay warm and comfortable!

  23. genevieve says:

    the black flowered pants are truly truly amazing!

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