Rei Kawakubo played a different song for every look that came down the runway in her Spring 2014 collection for Comme des Garçons. A black dress with an exaggerated hoop skirt emerged to the sound of classical violins, while a pink floral look with sculptural tubes walked out to an electric, poppy song.
While there wasn't one theme here — modern lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette, futuristic club kid of 3013? — there was a sense of Kawakubo looking back at the recent past. The vibrant pink of her Fall 2012 collection, with its two-dimensional designs, came back on leggings and in a few dresses, and the concept of fusing more than one different kind of garment together — which she did to rave reviews in Spring 2013 — was also present. But it's worth mentioning that these looks were sculptural, interesting, and thought-provoking. And that's always the case at Comme des Garçons.