For Spring 2017, Rei Kawakubo built a collection inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s epic fable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The story is based around two weavers who assemble a wardrobe for the emperor, promising that the garments are invisible to either those who are unqualified for their positions or largely incompetent. Without revealing too much, the moral of the story is a simple one; don’t take yourself too seriously. Kawakubo expresses the central concept of this parable through her characteristic avant-garde, deconstructionist perspective, and by realigning and repositioning the essential details of the garments in this collection. The hemline and the waistband are deconstructed on these trousers, creating a look that is at once as jarring at first glance as it is accessible with the right outfit. These trousers represent the heart of the Comme Des Garcons aesthetic to me – monochromatic, intellectual, and challenging. These trousers exemplify what I love about Comme, as they reimagine the most basic tropes of menswear in ways that are playful, in good taste, and done with an evidentiary degree of humour. Available now in Navy & Black colourways through UNION LA.