Is Fashion Art? The Ongoing Debate

In the latest installment of my monthly column, On Trend, on Artspace.com, I address the long-debated status of fashion within the sphere of fine art. Where do I stand on the topic? Click here to read my full article.

In the meantime, here are a few avant-garde ensembles that are undeniably deserving of placement on a museum pedestal:

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Commes Des Garcons Fall/Winter 2012

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Hussein Chalayan Spring 2007

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Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2009-2010

Victor and Rolf spring 2010

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2010

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Yohji Yamamoto Fall 2011

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Comme des Garçons X Hermès

How do you make chic even more chic? By combining two incredibly luxe brands, of course. A rather unlikely couple—classic French brand Hermès and the avante-garde Japanese brand Comme des Garçons, helmed by Rei Kawakubo—have collaborated to design two limited edition scarf collections, as a whole referred to as “Comme des Carrés.”

The first collection, “Noir et Blanc,” arrived earlier this month in Comme des Garçons shops in Paris, New York, and Tokyo and includes five different designs. The “Couleur” collection is currently sold at Dover Street Market concept stores in London and Tokyo, and features six various creations priced significantly higher than their black-and-white counterparts.

Despite the dissimilar brand aesthetics, the designs perfectly balance each label’s respective characteristics—the polka-dots and patchwork of Kawakubo blend elegantly with Hermès’ traditional equestrianism. You can view all the designs on the Hermès pinterest page, or browse a few looks from the selection below.

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“Coaching,” from the Colour collection

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“Couvertures et tenues de jour,” from the Coulour collection

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“Thalassa,” from the Noir et Blanc collection

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“Touch Me,” from the Noir et Blanc collection