They say two heads are better than one, but Comme Des Garçons enlisted nine bright minds to collaborate on their annual holiday capsule collection.
Joffe and Rei Kawakubo – the husband and wife duo behind the Japanese brand – approached Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Marine Serre, Walter Van Beirendonck and Stüssy to loan an iconic piece from their collections to be recreated with a Comme Des Garçons twist.
It could be a clothing, accessory or design fragment so Tisci chose the famed Burberry scarf that was re-imagined into an elongated neck tie that had the words ‘My Energy Comes From My Freedom’ printed down one side, while Michele supplied a green and red striped shopper bag and Jean Paul Gaultier’s Breton T-shirts was decorated red polka dots.
This collection also marked a first for Maison Margiela as the label never collaborated with another designer.
“We have always enjoyed the synergies of CDG-style collaborations, which is not about brainstorming and back-and-forth with the other party, but about trust and respect,” Joffe told WWD. “Rei does not enjoy two captains on a ship. So, we either leave it to them or ask that they leave it to her. The nine brands were very happy to leave it to her this time.”
Expect the capsule to drop on December 6.