So I as I mentioned in my last post, I did try to drum up enthusiasm inside me for the Comme des Garcons x H&M collaboration despite my previous indifference to the collection and the fact that I was only initially only interested in the one frock coat (which were apparently all snapped up by the press people the night before at the Vogue/GQ event and by a dude who took all of them in the Regent Street store and is now selling them on eBay for a gross amount of money….). Once inside, of course I couldn’t just hold a camera and film away whilst looking on at the people scrambling for things. The staff were already giving me odd looks. So in a way I was pressurised to start picking things up off the rack. I had already ruled out spending anything over ¬£50 as my money is pinched (four days before pay day is never a good situation for my bank balance…) and I’m not really enthused over polka dots. Ergo, the wool trousers with a SEVERE drop crotch was my chosen buy at a unshabby price of ¬£35 – not at all unreasonable for a pair of pure wool trews with good pocket linings (they got me excited for some reason…) and a very distinctive shape.
As for the quality of the rest of it, I generally agreed with Alex from SHOWstudio who I caught on video (he took a day off work just for the occasion. The quality was better than what we both expected. But really, no true verdict can be given until time and wear and tear is experienced. A reader has already pointed out that the wool on the jackets is starting to thin and it’s only been four days, so deterring me to spend 70 quid on the assymetric zipper jacket.
Still, with my specific trews, as soon as I put them on the boyf said "They look really expensive…" – those might just be bitter words though as despite his own nochalance to the whole collab, he kinda does want a few items. They also fall into the brackets of trews that I would normally go for on the rare occasion that I do buy trousers. I spotted a fair few guys delving into womenswear and picking these ones up. I’d actually like to propose something which is that if the dudes out there are brave enough, send in pics of yourself wearing them and allow me to demonstrate the sex-versatility of them by putting them up on the blog. (Email me here or here). Unisex quality aside, they’re also versatile styling-wise too…
The ultimate thought that floated in my head, and yes it is a selfish one, was that with the dubious quality and the yoyo pricing of the collection, I’m thankful that Londoners get access to the Dover Street Market market sample sale, for people to unearth really juicy heart-palpitating bargains as opposed to clinging to a designer collaboration that is less of a fun lucky dip and far more limited in scope.