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About those Balenciaga Crocs
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My son Ben knows me so well.
When I entered the room, he asked me, “Mommy, are you buying those Balenciaga Crocs?”
“Yes, definitely. What color should I get?”
Ben, 15, said yellow or pink.

Balenciaga Crocs
Balenciaga Crocs

“I’m kind of leaning towards grey. But if it’s not too expensive, I want to get a color too,” I said.

Balenciaga Crocs

I really don’t like purple

Balenciaga Crocs

And the black looks a bit benign. We’ll see…

Balenciaga Crocs

I’m guessing price point would be around $650. Just a wild guess from me.
I got one of those hyped Balenciaga “Ikea” bags because I really think it’s art.

Balenciaga Ikea

I also think Demna Gvasalia is a genius. I was talking about Demna with my friend Tere Henson.
Demna is the creative director of Balenciaga, and co-founder of Vetements, which is my current favorite label.

Demna

So the more the Internet made fun of the “Ikea” bag, the more I wanted it.
I feel the same way about the Crocs.

In 2011, I had dinner with Jappy Gonzalez and Mr. Enda Cleary of Comme des Garçons where I opened up the idea of a CDG x Crocs collab.
During that time I was all about CDG, and now I am all about Demna, so this shoe is really amazing.
So the Universe really does give me what I want. Or maybe in Balenciaga’s case, Univers will.

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VIDEO: A look inside the Comme des Garçons exhibition at the MET
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NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute presents Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, from May 4 to September 4, 2017 at the The Met Fifth Avenue, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Floor 2.

Comme des Garçons at the Met

A thematic exhibition, rather than a traditional retrospective, this is The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.

Rei Kawakubo
Young Rei Kawakubo

“In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Met.

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

Rei Kawakubo said, “I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design…by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion…imbalance… unfinished… elimination…and absence of intent.”

The exhibition features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection.
Objects are organized into nine dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, High/Low, Then/Now, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, on The Met Fifth Avenue’s second floor, has been transformed into an open, brightly lit white box with geometric structures.
Intended to be a holistic, immersive experience, the space facilitates engagement with the fashions on display.
A suggested pathway begins with four ensembles enclosed in a cylinder, reflecting Kawakubo’s enduring interest in blurring the boundaries between body and dress. Visitors, however, are encouraged to forge their own paths and experience the exhibition as a voyage of discovery.
The spare space has no text on the walls—instead, at the entrance, visitors receive an exhibition guide with gallery text and object labels.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition is curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who collaborated on the exhibition design with Rei Kawakubo.
Lighting for the exhibition was created by Thierry Dreyfus @ Eyesight Group.
Heads and wigs are created and styled by Julien d’Ys.
The design for the 2017 Costume Institute Benefit is created by Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007.
Special thanks to Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, Maison Valentino, and Warner Bros. for their support of the exhibition and benefit.

Comme des Garcons book

A publication, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, authored by Andrew Bolton with creative direction and design by Fabien Baron and Yuki Iwashiro of Baron & Baron, accompanies the exhibition.
It features new photography by Nicholas Alan Cope, Inez and Vinoodh, Katerina Jebb, Kazumi Kurigami, Ari Marcopoulos, Craig McDean, Brigitte Niedermair, Paolo Roversi, and Collier Schorr.

Comme des Garcons book

A rare interview with Rei Kawakubo and a chronology of her career, amplified with quotes from the designer, provide additional insight into her aesthetic and career.
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, the 248-page hardcover book has 205 color illustrations and comes in a slipcase with a pullout poster of a Paolo Roversi photograph that was shot for the publication. It retails for $50.

To know more about the exhibition, click HERE.

Comme des Garçons at the Met
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Chicness overload
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‘Tis the season for chic clothing. I love layering and all that, which I can’t really do in Manila.
I’ve been feeling under the weather lately. I can describe the feeling to missing someone badly, except in this case, I’ve been missing Japan.
I’ve been checking the weather daily to see if it’s gotten warmer over there, but it’s still 6 degrees in Tokyo. Ten degrees is my limit.
I am itching to go back but I’m torn between taking the kids to Rome to pass through the Holy Door, or celebrating my birthday in Tokyo.
Meanwhile I have been so overwhelmed with all the fashion on my Instagram feed.
I’ve been so lazy to get dressed. I blame it on the heat. I so envy these people.

1) Loving Maxene Magalona’s Tokyo fashion and the Hello Kitty headband is to die for. Among all the local celebrities who’ve been to Tokyo lately, Maxene is the cutest!!

Maxene

2) Clara Magalona is my goddaughter, that’s all. She’s also cute!

Clara

3) This Japanese girl with the Vivienne Westwood shoes just reminds me of me.

Vivienne Westwood

4) It seems that torn bell-bottoms are back in Tokyo

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5) Russian girl in Comme des Garçons. I have this purse!

CDG

6) Chef Kerwin Go and his hubby José in matching Visvim coats

Kerwin

7) Rachel Ashwell and her friend look really comfy

Rachel Ashwell

8) Lazy chic in Paris

Paris

9) I love the yellow in Tokyo

Tokyo

10) It is polite to cover up when you have respiratory illness in Tokyo

Japan

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What’s new: Dover Street Market Ginza right now
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Jeroen and I take a special honeymoon trip every November 25th, usually in Tokyo, and this year marks our 14th wedding anniversary. So in a couple of weeks Jeroen and I will be in layers and cold weather.
Jeroen and I get along because he lets me be me. He’ll wake up early, find a cool place to eat and be back when I wake up. On my shopping day he’ll rent a bike from Muji at Yurakucho and go to places I’ll never see.

Here’s one place he’d rather not see —Dover Street Market in Ginza. 🙂
It’s one of three CDG stops for me, namely:
1) Comme des Garçons flagship in Aoyama
2) Comme des Garçons Trading Museum in Omotesando
3) Dover Street Market in Ginza.

Have a look at what’s in store right now as Simone Rocha x J Brand launches today

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Louis Vuitton ‘The Icon and The Iconoclasts’

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noir lei ninomiya by Rei Kawakubo’s protegee and former patternmaker, Kei Ninomiya

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Comme des Garçons x 2

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Comme des Garçons Tricot

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Comme des Garçons Shirt (Girl)

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Comme des Garçons Homme

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Eye can’t wait.
http://ginza.doverstreetmarket.com/

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