While it is not unusual for KPop groups to wear multiple articles of clothing from one designer, iKON’s stylists certainly seem to have fallen in love with the Comme des Garcons Shirt collection. For their debut “My Type” music video more than five different pieces were represented from both the Fall 2015 Menswear Collection and the Spring 2016 Menswear Collection.
We will get to the fashion finds in a moment, but first a bit of history. Rei Kawakubo, Japanese fashion designer and founder of Comme des Garcons, has said that if she could have invented any one item it would have been the white shirt. She believes it is a fundamental garment and perhaps some of that sentiment has seeped into this line. Great emphasis is placed on paying particular attention to design of these special shirts. This is the only Comme des Garcons collection to be crafted completely in France.
If you become confused by the various component lines within Comme des Garcons then I definitely would not blame you. The brand is so broad they seem to have their hands in almost everything (even beginning their involvement with Star Wars a few years ago). But perhaps I can break it down a bit. Comme des Garcons Homme Plus has the primary place of pride for the company and is thus typically given the best runway slots. The more “office-friendly” line comes in the form of Comme des Garcons Homme Deux, where typical styles are given a twist. Finally Comme des Garcons Shirt (the one we are most interested in for the sake of this article) is something of the younger sibling for the company.
But what is iKON wearing from the line? Yun Hyeong can start us off with a blue striped shirt and overlaid square pattern from Comme des Garcons Fall 2015 Men’s Collection. His orange and blue striped v-neck cardigan is also from the same collection.
Jin Hwan wears the only pants from the collection in blue and white vertical stripes. Bobby continues the shirt trend with more blue and white, though combining some added pink to create woven squares on top. One additional blue shirt with squares and a blue hoodie round out iKON’s outfits from the fall 2015 grouping. B.I. dons the only item from the Comme des Garcons Spring 2016 Men’s Collection, this being his bright blue jacket.
“What you wear can largely govern your feelings and your emotions, and how you look influences the way people regard you. So fashion plays an important role on both the practical level and the aesthetic level of activity.” -Rei Kawakubo