We’ve been celebrating Comme des Garçons all month here in NY (most of us celebrate it everyday anyway). But because sharing is caring, we decided to send MET Gala vibes out West. Luckily, Otto, the OZ and Ozzie behind dot COMME, had enough to share the wealth—Literally, enough to reserve a whole collection we bought just for Opening Ceremony Los Angeles.
Like most people who come in contact with Comme, inspiration blooms and ideas spark. Our dot COMME interview with Otto
sent thoughts swirling around OCLA staffer Nathaniel Santos’ frontal lobes. With a few questions, a few friends (more like rabid die-hard Comme fans), decades of archival pieces, and a close collaborator, Nathaniel was able to bring his vision to life. Below, peer somewhere between a dream and Los Angeles, captured by photographer Brandon Bowen and hear why Angelino’s believe the The Met’s decision to honor Rei Kawakubo was a great one.
There are two types of creatives. There are those whose creations are a reaction to the world around them, and then there are those whose creations are a reaction to the world inside of them. The latter point of view makes for some fantastical work: The phantasmagorical films of David Lynch that explore the dark side of the American lifestyle or the dizzying, OCD-ridden paintings by Yayoi Kusama. Rei Kawakubo operates with the same mindset, finding a muse inside of herself. Kawakubo creates to express deep personal opinions on the state of the world, the identity of women, the horror of the human condition. Her commitment to exploring the issues she faces everyday as a person on this planet has been recognized by fashion and art lovers for decades, and was officially celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art earlier this month. Some say this will finally answer the age old debate “is fashion art” while some think the decision alone will dramatically change the fashion industry’s future. After the red carpet gossip has died, while the exhibition still stands, and our special LA collection arrives … we hit the streets (but really forrest) to hear the opinions of our friends out West.