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 Cotton Check Cupro Panel Shirt continues the label’s recent fascination with British heritage-wear. Rather than employing the earthy-hued patchwork associated with the British countryside, this piece takes the classic button-down shirt and enhances it with branded cut from branded silky cupro down the front and along the sleeves. A single patch pocket on the chest laid across the two materials highlights the contrast created between them. The contrast of blues, patterns, and materials lends this shirt an energy well and truly at home in the world of streetwear, far from the boardroom. This regular-fit shirt also features front button closure, button-fastened cuffs, and a shirt hem with contrast stitching.
Made in Japan from 100% cotton.
Style Number: HF-B009-051-1.
Model is 187cm and wears size L.
Level 1, 115 Queen St
Brisbane Q 4000
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