Within the Comme des Garçons family, as its name implies, the Homme line might be characterized as the PLAY range’s more serious older brother. Though undoubtedly situating themselves in the long history of formal menswear, the Homme range is a far cry from uninspired office attire. Rather, the Homme line seeks to make playful interventions into the conventions of middle-class menswear, particularly when it comes to classic silhouettes such as the shirt and cardigan. Conversely, they often add formal touches to more casual streetwear staples such as hoodies and tees, locating themselves in a liminal space between the formal and the informal, the event and the street.
In recent collections, the label has looked from Paris across the British channel to England, taking inspiration from the palettes of the British countryside’s woodlands, the tartan patterns of the Scottish highlands, and homely patchwork traditions. That thread remains in this latest collection, but in no way limits the label’s experimentation. Particularly striking is the use of panels that form both colour and texture contrasts, amongst them glimpses of wool plaid, ballistic khaki nylon, and silky cupro. Such paneling is often said to operate within the language of deconstruction, but the creations of Comme des Garçon Homme, however, appear more palimpsestic, alluding to the hidden histories of menswear.
The Comme des Garçons Homme CdGH Back Print Shirt is a standout piece from the label’s new season. This shirt emulates the classic two-pocket denim work shirt, lending it a new level of formality via the impossibly silky cotton fabric from which it is constructed, the sheen of which even gives it the appearance of denim. This shirt features two chest patch pockets with cut bottom corners; all-over contrast stitching and buttonholes; panel detailing on the sleeves; front button closure; buttoned, pleated cuffs; and a button-down collar. This striking shirt is finished with the bold CdGH logo screen-printed on the back in contrast white, attesting to the shirt’s quality and firmly situating it on the contemporary streetwear landscape.
Made in Japan from 100% cotton.
Model is 187cm and wears size M.
Style Number: HF-B013-051-1.
Level 1, 115 Queen St
Brisbane Q 4000
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