Comme des Garçons Menswear A/W12

Rei Kawakubo looked back in time for her latest Paris show, focused on tail coats, ruffled shirts and red roses

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Rei Kawakubo is one of the true geniuses of fashion, capable of finding beauty in most things unusual. Like Noel Fielding haircuts on 18th century goth boys. Or regal versions of the Horrors. None of these reference points were (hopefully) the real influences behind Comme des Garçons' Autumn Winter 2012 collection, but it's difficult to deny there were similarities. Models in shoes with one inch heels were wearing black, long-haired and shaggy wigs, stumbling down a wonky catwalk path in tail coat jackets and trousers in matching patterns, ruffled shirts and oversized bow ties.

The look was completed by a musketeer hat that D'artagnan would have been proud of. Oversized capes and kilts came out, trumped only by a series of jackets and coats with embroidered red and pink roses all over. Kawakubo managed to fuse historical references together and still produce something new and fresh, perfectly summed up by the red check suit fused with a black brocade pattern.

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