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Comme des Garçons on the street

The daring, deconstructed aesthetic of Japanese label Comme des Garçons is incomparable, but current day fashion is again drawing on elements of this 1996 ensemble in a tendency towards longer line silhouettes and capes.The billowing shape of cover-ups for autumn/winter 2013 features in collections everywhere from French powerhouse  Hermès to local star Arthur Galan AG.

This example of a navy wrap — and armory cuffs — on the street at New York Fashion Week in February is a favourite look of mine for the cooler months in Melbourne and reminds me of the Comme jacket, coddling the wearer like a blanket.

Hemlines are said to rise and fall in tempo with economic prosperity or austerity. At the moment designers appear to be going to great skirt lengths. The days of only pairing floor-tickling skirts with short jackets are gone. Longer layers now swish together as seen on model Abbey Lee. Her velvet kimono jacket and patterned maxi creates a striking elongated shape, as did Comme in 1996.

Leo Greenfield identifes how Melbournians are embracing this trend of effortlessly sophisticated, long-line silhouettes. On Smith Street he sees a maxi skirt wearer who plays with proportion, as well as length, by sporting a cocoon shape that adds sweeping drama.

Emily Power

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