We've seen some really nice spreads from a number of publications featuring fall looks from Comme des Garcons this fall. Some better than others, the products have kept the spotlight overall, but again it's the simple basics that caught my eye. These CDG Homme chinos have a really nice full cut through the leg which I'm becoming more and more accustom to. It fits well and proper with the Americana aesthetic. The wider leg still hasn't caught on with many North American consumers, but it has struck a chord with the Japanese and the devoted work wear enthusiasts in Europe. I really like the button detailing on this pair of pants through the waist band and pockets. There are a lot, without going over the top – they've remained functional and it came out great.
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This one might not be of the expected oxfords and chambrays, but the Comme des Garcons Homme collection is full it unusual treats that might not usually be appealing. The argyle pattern seems to be actually stitched on like patchwork rather than in a print or woven through. By using the grey and pink patches and clean diagonal stitches, it creates a nice little argyle masterpiece. The colors don't seem particularly ideal for fall, but I think layered under vests, boat necks and sport coats, it could do well in the cold months. Of course come spring and summer this shirt deserves some time to stand alone. Beyond Museum Ark, I'm not sure where you might find this piece, or want to, but it's always a good idea to step out of the comfort zone now and again.
One of the better things about Japanese retail besides having a more educated market, getting better products and being years ahead of us, is the attention to little things. Even at Musem Ark, a retail location well outside the city center of Tokyo, they take the time with almost every shipment to put together a look or two, style is very nicely and post the pictures up. If you're shopping online, just looking at a coat or shirt on a white background is awesome for blogging, but it's not the best if you are trying to understand how it will fit or look on. People need the picture painted for them, it has to help the selling point if you are a retailer. I remember Nomad did a great job of it last spring but I just don't see it in North America. So if things are slow these days and you have some new stock, I would recommend putting in some effort and sepeating yourself from the pack. Make people want to buy the clothes. I want this Comme des Garcons coat now, but it would have looked a bit weird just laying there.