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 Checked and Nylon Hem Tee continues the label’s recent fascination with British heritage-wear, amending the humble T-shirt with patchwork-style paneling at the bottom hem. The main body of this piece is constructed from soft cotton jersey. The two panels at the bottom hem add contrasting colour as well as texture, with a camel-coloured cotton twill panel between the body and a larger check pattern panel cut from crisp cotton poplin. With panels fashioned from the materials traditionally used in shirting and a curved shirt hem, this tee positions itself between norms of formality. This season highlight also features a vented side-seam with button closure and a ribbed crew neckline.
Made in Japan from 100% cotton.
Style Number: HF-T001-051-2.
Model is 187cm and wears size L.
Level 1, 115 Queen St
Brisbane Q 4000
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