The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 5 of Paris Fashion Week

When it comes to unwearable fashion, we'll always have Paris! On the fifth day of what seems like an interminable cycle of shows, critics were loving Rei Kawakubo's ripost to the whole hamster wheel fast fashion marketing machine at Comme Des Garçons. All was not anti-commercial, however. Things were conceptual--and full of merch--at Haider Ackermann and Junya Watanabe. Find out what the critics were buzzing about.
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When it comes to unwearable fashion, we'll always have Paris! On the fifth day of what seems like an interminable cycle of shows, critics were loving Rei Kawakubo's ripost to the whole hamster wheel fast fashion marketing machine at Comme Des Garçons. All was not anti-commercial, however. Things were conceptual--and full of merch--at Haider Ackermann and Junya Watanabe. Find out what the critics were buzzing about.

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When it comes to unwearable fashion, we'll always have Paris! On the fifth day of what seems like an interminable cycle of shows, critics were loving Rei Kawakubo's ripost to the whole hamster wheel fast fashion marketing machine at Comme Des Garçons. All was not anti-commercial, however. Things were conceptual--and full of merch--at Haider Ackermann and Junya Watanabe.

Find out what the critics were buzzing about.

Photos: IMAXtree

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Comme Des Garçons Designer: Rei Kawakubo

  • "Models walked in outlandish outfits like the clowns of couture, dressed in designs inspired by what resembled a spider morphed into a black bumble bee or dresses with a skirt of ringlets resembling worms." [The Daily Beast]
  • "I don’t know what any of it meant, but the spectacle, as ever, was mesmerising. And the feeling--apart from what on earth will hang in Kawakubo’s Dover Street store in London come January--was exhilarating. Just don’t ask me why." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "it was impossible to know what was behind this extraordinary collection for the 2014 season. The creations could not really be described as clothes, except that they made the wearers look noble and beautiful or even pretty, as in a single case of pink floral nursery patterns with a teddy bear protruding from the stomach." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "When the first look came out on the Comme des Garcons catwalk it was hard not to think back to designer Rei Kawakubo’s flat collection from two years ago. Then it was all about crafting clothing on a 2-D plan, this time the designer took it up one D and went full throttle into the world of 3-D design." [NOWFASHION]
  • "In a Paris show season full of designers testing their own limits and going against preconceived notions of themselves, it has been down to Rei Kawakubo to go the furthest of all. In today's Comme des Garçons collection of twenty-three looks, each accompanied by its own particular piece of music, she presented a series of objects that might be worn on the body." [Style.com]
  • "Although she doesn’t blurt it out in words, she most certainly senses the imagination-depleting commercial atmosphere of the times. And her spring collection read as a big anarchic retort to the whole situation." [Vogue.com]
  • "These were over-the-top creations, not clothes, but they were amazing with it - this becoming a spectacle, a punk moment signature of Comme des Garçons rebellion." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "The show triggered countless other questions, rumblings, musings, as we expect of any Kawakubo extravaganza, and along with them, the raw, rare excitement that such uncertainty brings. Nearly four weeks into the season, that’s called fashion fabulous." [WWD]

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Haider Ackermann Designer: Haider Ackermann

  • " The beauty of his collection was so convincing that the idea of wearing a free-flowing, practically see-through, floor-length dress with a gilded hem made perfect sense even if the most glamorous event one attends with regularity is a trip to the fancy espresso bar instead of the corner Starbucks." [The Cut/

    New York Magazine]

  • "Elegant combinaisons." [FT.com]
  • "Very beautiful and gentle. Mr. Ackermann could not make a vulgar look if he tried." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "There was a sense that everything had been paired down. The layering was lighter, the pants slimmer or even cut into shorts, and the jackets looser- hanging instead of hugging the body." [NOWFASHION]
  • "There's borrowing from the boys, and then there's beating them at their own game. Haider Ackermann's Spring 2014 collection took this designer's signature flair for masculine tailoring to new heights." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "'A handsome woman' was Haider Ackermann's précis backstage. It was an efficient summary of a new collection that stuck resolutely to the gender play that is a signature of his brand." [Style.com]
  • "Powerfully elegant." [Vogue.com]
  • "It was extremely elegant, graceful and artistic--he’s got his thing and he doesn’t need tricks to pull it off, just the clothes will do nicely." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "'A handsome woman.' Not feeling the compliment, ladies? Allow Haider Ackermann to change your minds." [WWD]

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Junya Watanabe Designer: Junya Watanabe

  • "Proof of what genius can come from laser focusing on a single concept, in this case the basic, DIY shredded T-shirt, then twisting, refining and elevating it to an art form." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "Like an anthropological tour through early man, indigenous cultures, the less developed world, and the universal tendency to separate into tribes." [The Cut/New York Magazine]
  • "This was Junya Watanabe’s tribe of neo-squaws--as savage as it was beautiful." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "There was elegance and even majesty to many of these clothes." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Junya Watanabe’s powerful show kept up the flame of imagination and originality." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "'Cowboys and Indians,' a boy’s game? Junya Watanabe’s Summer 14 show this morning belied any hint of that, as the designer explored Wild West iconography, a fashion obsession as well-worn as a cowhand’s workwear. It takes a man like Watanabe to take a theme that has been done to death, and nail it so perfectly." [NOWFASHION]
  • "For all the thematic glory of this show, the clothes are incredibly commercial. And that's where Watanabe has always succeeded: blending art and commerce in a way that looks almost effortless." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "It was a journey through both the playful and profound." [Style.com]
  • "As he ranged through this one, all his abilities to make product in loads of categories were fully on display—a complete happy hunting-ground for his ever-growing caravan of believers." [Vogue.com]
  • "Simply, it was quite an amazing show." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "Watanabe’s strength is in taking a singular idea and riffing on it in surprising new ways without feeling repetitive or boring. The collection demonstrated this perfectly, down to the mesmerizing feather headpieces that graced the last few exits--true creatures of the wild." [WWD]