The models in this strange and wonderful performance sank and danced in a raised tent, with the colorful lights shining and disco music in the bass.
There were models dressed in glamorous basketball t-shirts and a series of surreal jackets made from a patchwork of doll body parts, red leopard fur, swirled flower motifs and zillion-colored sequins. Some jackets had long velvet tails – covered by a coat – while others were decorated with corsets that tie back.
All jackets were worn from the inside, for a collection that Kawakubo called “What’s on the Inside Matters”. There were also tops with leopard prints in yellow, pink and blue, while the T-shirts were paneled with colored nickels.
The designer collaborated with sculptor Mona Luison on some of the designs – mainly the jackets embroidered with doll pieces, the terrible fabrics of cloth and the plastic domes that enlarged the faces of the dolls. Luison prints were also applied to some of the t-shirts. The pieces – works of art – were among the highlights of this collection, each appearance almost surpassing the previous one.
Kawakubo also worked with Nike on the Air Max 180 that was specially made for the Comme des Garçons. The rest of the collection’s shoes were colored patchwork with cords combined with short socks.