dot.COMME & all things Japanese (with a sprinkle of Belgian)
Hi there, we are the dot.COMME duo, Octavius and Holly-Rose. So much of our lives have been influenced by Japan and Japanese design, its what originally brought us together and is a source of endless inspiration. We own and run the dot.COMME online store which is a showcase of our ever-expanding personal clothing collections, well, obsessions. We frequently globe trot, hunting for that next amazing item, and either share it or keep it stowed away like treasure. We are so excited to meet you at the dot.COMME 2 week wonderland upstairs at Alice! A bit more about those who keep us breathing:
Walter: The fairy Godfather of fashion
Walter Van Beirendonck is a genius story-teller, only his preferred approach is through clothing. His unique process of distilling everything around him and scrap booking it to create coherent themes allows the viewer to be drawn in and transported to an alternate universe where anything is possible, ‘Walter’s World’.
It’s this infectiously positive view on the world though which reels you in, despite the adversity and sometimes depressing themes to his collections there will always be a progressive, forward looking undertone. Walter is known for his bold use of colour, prints, humour and often overtly sexual themes (Hard Beat (1989A/W), Paradise Pleasure Productions (1995A/W), Sex Clown (2008S/S).
In fact Walter is a true romantic at heart and is fascinated by love stories, fairy tales, the paranormal and indigenous tribes with these theming heavily throughout his career.
(Walter Van Beirendonck Spring/Summer 2005)
(Walter Van Beirendonck Autumn/Winter 1994)
(Walter Van Beirendonck Autumn/Winter 1995)
(Walter Van Beirendonck Autumn/Winter 2005)
(Walter Van Beirendonck Spring/Summer 1990)
Comme get it?
Rei Kawakubo, founder and creative director of COMME des GARÇONS, is arguably the most influential designer of all time. A designer with no formal training, recognised as the creator of the deconstructed and uniform black looks in the early 80′s now synonymous with high-end fashion. Rei continually reinvents the runway, always unpredictable, artistic and unique. An originator of many a trend and a source of countless design inspirations.
It is really impossible to sum up the influence Kawakubo has had on fashion today in a single paragraph…her designs speak for themselves.
(COMME des GARÇONS Spring/Summer 2005)
(COMME des GARÇONS Spring/Summer 1996)
(COMME des GARÇONS Spring/Summer 2008)
(COMME des GARÇONS Autumn/Winter 2004)
(COMME des GARÇONS Spring/Summer 1985)
(COMME des GARÇONS Spring/Summer 1997)
Issey, not just pleats.
Issey Miyake is a traditionalist at heart, his designs capture the essence of East meets West, harnessing the best of both the beautiful traditional Japanese clothing and Western aesthetics. From the permanent pleating he is world renowned for, to the use of unique fabrics he has invented. He is a master in making clothes that ‘work’ with the body.
(Issey Miyake Autumn/Winter 1990)
(Issey Miyake Autumn/Winter 1985)
(Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 1984)
(Issey Miyake Autumn/Winter 1998)
(Issey Miyake Autumn/Winter 1996)
Yohji: fashion rebel
Yohji Yamamoto – “anti-fashion” he’s been doing his own thing since the late 1970′s. Showing side by side with Rei Kawakubo in Paris, 1981, the all black shows shook the very foundations of the fashion world and set a tone that changed the fashion industry forever. These were not just ‘black clothes’, but masterful creations known for their ‘anti fit’. Clothing that is not purposely designed to flatter or tailor to the body, a concept previously unheard of in fashion.
(Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 2012)
(Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 1996)
(Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 1997)
(Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 1984)
(Yohji Yamamoto Spring/Summer 1990)
Junya-keeping it real.
Junya Watanabe is the essence of modern, street cool.
Acknowledged as a master of his craft in Japan, as well as many aboard. Originally a protégé of Rei Kawakubo, he began working at the COMME des GARÇONS fashion house as soon as he graduated from the Bunka Fashion Institute in 1984 and in 1993 was granted his own ‘Junya Watanabe’ women’s line under the COMME des GARÇONS label. Renowned for his intricate designs, he has been called ‘the greatest technical master working in contemporary fashion’.
(Junya Watanabe Autumn/Winter 2001)
(Junya Watanabe Autumn/Winter 2002)
(Junya Watanabe Autumn/Winter 2000)
(Junya Watanabe Autumn/Winter 2006)