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 Print Cardigan is a clean-lined take on the classic silhouette. This piece boasts a sleek appearance owing to a simple V-neck design constructed largely from straight lines with rounded corners that soften any surplus angularity. This is enhanced by a unique drape, made possible by the finely woven wool-nylon blend fabric and the lack of ribbed cuffs. Here n the black colourway, the front of this piece presents only the necessary features: two square patch pockets with rounded bottom corners and five-button closure. Finished with the bold CdGH logo screen-printed on the chest in contrast white, the garment’s context is immediately clear.
Made in Japan from 80% wool, 20% nylon.
Style Number: HF-T016-051-1.
Model is 187cm and wears size L.
Level 1, 115 Queen St
Brisbane Q 4000
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