Summer, brief as it seemed, is now over, which means that AW12 is officially upon us and it is time to layer up, shed our tans and switch our wardrobe to a more autumnal colour palette.
For the first time ever, Commes des Garçons are unleashing a collection for their Play line in rich, bold, navy tones – which currently has a November 2012 release date. The shirts, each made of one-hundred-percent cotton, feature the brand’s trademark cartoon heart and eye graphics emblazoned on the chests and will be available in six different playful designs (pun fully intended.)
Play is Japanese fashion label Commes des Garçons’ brand inspired by urban streetwear and has its pieces designed in collaboration with iconic graphic artist Filip Pagowski. With its primary headquarters situated in Tokyo, Commes des Garçons (French for “as boys”) was founded by reclusive fashion designer Rei Kawakubo in 1969 and continues to be run to this day by Kawakubo and her husband, Adrian Joffe.
Pagowski is a New York-based illustrator and painter who originally studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts before producing commissioned campaign work for The New Yorker, Saks 5th Avenue and Diane von Furstenberg.
Expected to retail between $120-$155 USD, or regional equivalent, the Play by Commes des Garçons Navy Collection will be available at all Commes des Garçons stockists and all Commes des Garçons boutiques – locations of which include Paris, New York, Tokyo, and London’s own Dover Street Market.