A new use for scarves, from Comme Des Garcons

Got any old scarves lying around the house, readers? Maybe some old ones you don’t really use any more, and which you’re not adverse to turning into something new? Well, boy, but do we have  a DIY project for you!

 (Top, $1379, click here to buy it)

Now, we know what you’re thinking: you’re all, “But Fashion Police, this is all very well, but what on earth will I wear WITH my top of many scarves?” Worry not, young Padawan:

(Skirt, $2190: click here to buy it)

A Scarf Skirt! A $2,190 scarf skirt! What’s not to love?

OK, so at this point you’re probably thinking that, actually, there is quite a lot to love. Because it’s quite creative to make clothes out of scarves, and it’s outright GENIUS to be able to sell them for thousands of dollars. (No arguments from us on the second point, by the way.) And also, it’s ART, and anyone who doesn’t like it just DOESN’T UNDERSTAND.

OK, OK, we hear you. And the scarves themselves look like they’re probably silk, which would go some way – although not all the way – towards explaining the high price. You can have your scarf skirt and your scarf top, and verily, you will look like a true Scarf Monster if you try to wear them together, but of course, that’s up to you.

While you’re busy spending money on the scarf stuff, though, can we perhaps interest you in some nice outerwear to go with it?

(Jackets, many hundreds of dollars, click here to buy them)

You know, it’s a shame each jacket doesn’t have the gap on the opposite side, isn’t it? That way, you could buy both, and between them they’d make a full jacket. Of course, buying both would cost you $1585, but that’s nothing compared to what you’ve just spent on the scarves, is it? In fact, you may as well throw in an extra $745 and get a sweater, too:

(Sweater, $745: click here to buy it)

Don’t you just hate it when the left hand side of your body gets hot, but only from the chest down? So few designers today actually address that problem, do they?

Of course, all of this is very typical of Comme des Garcons, and we wouldn’t expect any less from a brand famed for their avant-guarde approach to fashion. Do you think these pieces are actually wearable in day-to-day life, though? Would you, for instance, wear one of the jackets to work – or if not to work, then where? Do you think fashion HAS to be wearable, or is it enough for it just to stand alone as art?

6 Comments

  • July 22, 2011

    lizvocal

    Outside of runways, the point of fashion is to be … follow me closely here … clothes. If a house elf wouldn’t recognize it as clothes, it probably is a waste of fabric. Ridiculous as the runway creations are, I can appreciate them as art, and as inspiration for science fiction costumes. But street clothes should be recognizable as clothes.

    Scarf clothes: too bunchy, but will probably inspire many artists on Etsy to try something a little more wearable and less pricey. I might even be one of them, if I ever dig out my sewing machine again.

    Half-Jackets: too stupid to be believed. I have no worries about this becoming a trend on the actual street.

    Weird mismatched sweater: Not by itself as a top, but over a catsuit, I could imagine wearing it. To a science fiction convention, not out on the street! 🙂 I like the contrast, and I am imagining how I could do this with a little more flair, making the longer side come in and then out again at the bottom, < front and back, for a little more drama.

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    • July 22, 2011

      Zoe

      “If a house elf wouldn’t recognize it as clothes, it probably is a waste of fabric.”

      You have just combined fashion with Harry Potter. Until further notice you are my favorite person in the world.

      I agree that with very few exceptions fashion needs to be wearable. Scarves should be worn as, and I know this is a radical thought, scarves. Using them as a belt or a headband is also acceptable. Tying one around the handles of a hangbag, also a good use. But they really should not be abused in the way Colette has done.

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      • July 25, 2011

        lizvocal

        Thanks, Zoe! You made my day!

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  • July 22, 2011

    Charlie Love

    I would wear the scarf skirt with a plain black top (any style as long as its simple and plain). Definitely not with the scarf top, and definitely definitely DEFINITELY not with the jackets or jumper.

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  • July 22, 2011

    Mary

    honestly, I would wear those two black jackets in a heart beat!

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    • July 25, 2011

      lizvocal

      With what, exactly? Does anyone else miss the style challenges?

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