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Comme des Garçons RTW Fall 2019

Last season, Rei Kawakubo famously announced a change of direction, a calculated shift away from her conceptual forays to “the point where the clothes become abstract,” she wrote in a bold manifesto. She thus found herself “fumbling around in the dark.”
For fall, Kawakubo certainly didn’t fumble (does she ever?), but neither did she come out of the dark. In a return to her cryptic one-liner show notes, she proffered her theme: “The Gathering of Shadows.” Its description: “Many small shadows come together to make one powerful thing.”
The meaning of that one proved tough to distill. What was very clear: Kawakubo’s disquiet with something — the state of fashion, or more likely, the state of the world. That the clothes were mostly black is hardly unusual; the lady has often taken the road more noir. But here, a relentlessly ominous mood cloaked the runway, and built toward a startling finale. At one point, a happy, sing-songy rendition of “All Things Bright and Beautiful” came on the soundtrack, but it quickly transitioned to a harsh, dissonant version, along with sounds of warfare and pounding rain. Then the black-clad models came out for the finale, forming a circle in the center of the

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