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Ah, Rei, don’t ever change. The ever-elusive Comme des Garçons designer gave a rare interview for Style.com/Print‘s “Rule Breakers” issue (despite, of course, being wholly disinterested in “rules” as a concept) and in it she sheds a little light on what she thinks the future will hold for the fashion industry.
We’ve always dreamed of owning a classic Carré scarf from Hermès, and news that the brand is collaborating with Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo only makes us more determined.
Rei Kawakubo, that riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a three-armed jacket, inspires no small degree of reverence from fashion folk. The Comme des Garçons designer has been referred to as fashion’s “nun,” a “sphinx,” a “designer’s designer” and one of the most elusive figures in the game, but this week the proverbial veil was lifted in a rare interview with Cathy Horyn of the New York Times.
The CFDA is honoring Johnny Depp with the Fashion Icon Award and designer Rei Kawakubo with the International Award at this year’s ceremony (which is being livestreamed) in June, but the two won’t be in attendance.
Commes des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo doesn’t often give interviews — and the last time she did, she and her interpreter got upset that the reporter gave her words a slight twist. So this interview with The Wall Street Journal went a little differently. Kawakubo took a few questions via email, and the only thing our friends at the Journal had to do was copy and paste her eloquent, straightforward responses.
You know those formative moments when the whole way you view the world changes? I had one of those my freshman year of college. This is when I realized you could look good (great, even!) without looking pretty. This is when I learned the difference between pretty and cool.
Last week we reported on Rei Kawakubo‘s eye-opening interview with WWD. She told the publication that she wasn’t into young designers and that the company could be sold. Or did she? In an interview with Hypebeast, Comme des Garcons president Adrian Joffe (who also happens to be Mr. Rei Kawakubo) claims WWD totally got their facts wrong. And he’s not afraid to call them out on it.
Like Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo is one of those designers who is so mysterious and whose work is so covetable that she inspires total awe in people like Tavi and Cathy Horyn and, well, basically any and everyone. Yet despite her high-profile projects — a collaboration with H&M, her Dover Street Market complexes in both London and Tokyo — the reclusive designer rarely agrees to interviews, which is why we’re loving her recent chat with WWD.