24 April 2009

One Cool Cat


I was flicking through the numerous cartoon (well, mostly 3d animation nowadays) channels as I was seated with my nephew yesterday. With his favourite show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse having just finished, I decided to try once again to introduce him to some of my favourite childhood shows. The final choice came between one of the earlier shorts of the Pink Panther, or the more contemporary, and in all likelihoood more accessible for his age range, Spongebob Squarepants. Now whilst I have a clear love for the adventures of the amicable sponge and his dopey starfish friend, I thought that one of the Pink Panther animated shorts would make a wonderful entry into the franchise, whilst he is still too young to really enjoy the original movie.

As the Panther caused his usual amusing mayhem and my nephew laughed away, more so at the general animation than the actual jokes given his two year old age, I was reminded of Rei Kawakubo's beautiful pink Spring '05 collection for Comme des Garçons.

I am fascinated by the fact that the collection could have easily shown for Spring '09 and have such a current appeal. This spring season saw the likes of Paul Helbers showing a whole range of pink tailoring at Louis Vuitton, or Frida Giannini with her bright pink jeans at Gucci. Indeed some may remember my recent post on the matching of bright pink with fine striped blue garments this season, which is again apparent in this '05 collection.

I found Kawakubo's colour palette beautifully appealing, although perhaps this may have been biased by the fact that pinks actually works quite well against my skin tone. Yet also, given her penchant for darker monochromatic designs, focusing frequently on blacks and whites, I was fascinated by how well she worked the more shocking pinks and bright patterns. Another appeal for me was definitely the cut of the collection.

When it comes to the more deconstructed look, CdG always gets it right for me. And indeed the trademark designers of this look have always been the likes of Yohji Yamamoto and Kawakubo herself. In more recent times designers such as Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester, who was actually inspired by Kawakubo for her own aesthetic, have added to the ranks of the continued exploration of the deconstructed garment and effects of layering. I suppose I have quite contrasting tastes in my ideal of fit, admiring both close cut tailoring and flowing layering, for their showcase of design talent and the artful way they work against the body.


Currently playing: Robocop - Kanye West

xxxx

35 comments:

  1. Can't help but agree with you about the collectoin. Is it possible to relaunch one of those things? Like they do with CDs haha

    Oh and by the way. I tagged you. See it here
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  2. i don't know how, but all those glasses are so pink panther-esque.

    its too cool. love it!! :)

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  3. I think men should wear more PINK!!! I can hear PinkPanther theme song in my head now...hee*
    ~XO*

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  4. The blazer/shorts combos frighten me a little ... but the other implementations of pink are really well done. Very anti-preppy.

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  5. Hot pink and brown..go really great together. Always been a fan of the pink panther. I just thought those shorts were a cut above the other cartoons out there.

    Thanks for the note. I got the idea of Charity's problem from the news..a few months ago when this child was taken in for child's protective services for child neglect..she ended up getting her Mom arrested by showing them how her mother taught her how to smoke pot and she was just four. So you do wonder how scary our society is..right here in small town america.

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  6. Not sure how any of those clothes would fly in my neck of the woods, but they were cool to see. I love the Pink Panther. I've been a fan of the cartoon since I can remember. Plus I think I saw all the movies growing up.

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  7. I love the pink panther! And a bit of Spongebob haha.. Love the flash of pink in the blazer that accompanies the t-shirt! :) x

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  8. I was in love with the pink panther growing up. My favorite was one where he was in a battle with a magicians bunny. And of course all the psychedelic episodes were amazing. So mod.

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  9. I totally love all of the blazers! SO amazing :D:D
    I adored the Pink Panther when I was younger :D Remembering shows like that always makes me nostalgic haha

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  10. love the pink panther! and yes rei def. is always ahead of the curve-you can tell that she is a forward thinker her clothing mirrors this. I love all the blazers, u have magnificent taste dk!

    http://www.styleanhem.blogspot.com

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  11. wow, that is absolutely ingenious! Pink panther rules :) btw would you like to exchange links? :)

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  12. I've actually been seeing a lot more guys wearing pink in the last few weeks and it's not a bad look. Just yesterday I saw someone in a pink suit. It was a bit too tailored though, so it did look somewhat strange. I agree that a more deconstructed cut would have helped make it a bit more modern and edgy.

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  13. I love Pink Panther, I have a pair of sneakers with pink panter on it! (it's like size 16 kids HAHA)

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  14. love that the inspiration is from Pink panter, coolest sleuth :O)
    loving the pink on the guys.
    muah x
    marian

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  15. Yay the pink panther!

    Pink is such an awesome colour on guys.

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  16. i adore men who can wear pink. shows that they are very confident about their masculinity. ;)
    and LOVE pink panther! rei is a friggin genius.

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  17. haha that's so awesome! i like the first outfit with the black the most (:

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  18. You don't have to twist my arm on the pink thing... I'm always for it!

    I love the first runway image... awesome!

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  19. Loving the pink, the hair, the whole overall style! Great post! xo

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  20. dum dum. dum dum. dum dum dum dum dum.... etc =) I LOVED pink panther music. Do you think they walked down the runway to that theme song? Wouldn't that have been awesome. Hmm... I wonder if the relaunch lacks the fabulousness of its first launch.

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  21. The CdG looks are very cool. There like a mix of casual, comfortable, colorful, and classy. All those C's make for a great outfit!

    Didn't realize there was so much pink going out on the runway now a days!

    xx

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  22. I mostly love that you were listening to Kanye
    xx

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  23. are you joking? people DO that? wear a suit with... the C word?!
    why can't we just put all these people on a plane/boat/train and they can all wear crocs together somewhere really faaar away. (ohh look at me coming over all right-wing fashion)

    and as for the collection - ace. pink trousers, the tapered ones, they're amazing.

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  24. Haha, love the Pink Panther references. I love silly old school comics! I have this Mickey Mouse t-shirt that I love to wear around.

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  25. hahahahaaa!

    I adore pink panther. Great post!

    XoXo

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  26. omg! the first guy you pictured looks amazing! i hope they start selling those pink panther tops everywhere!i want one too lol

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  27. I love pink (and the pink panther)! People should wear more pink :D The t-shirt with the pink panther is a m a z i n g! ^^

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  28. johnny deep is ........... waaaaaaaaaaaaw !!!!

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