Japanese designer and founder Rei Kawakubo has independently orchestrated the label’s rise since its beginning in 1969. The success of Comme des Garçons is defined by Kawakubo’s ability to challenge convention, not only through design, but also in the way she approaches the business of fashion. In 2009, Comme des Garçons felt it was necessary to do something in response to the general negativity engendered by the recession and to counter the feeling of things being blocked or stopped because of the crisis. BLACK Comme des Garçons was born.
2013 marks the regeneration of that concept through the launch of BLACK Comme des Garçons Eau de Toilette, an emergency, guerrillalike, spiced-up new scent. An urgent, guerrilla-like spicy scent, BLACK Comme des Garçons Black is an incarnation of the sub-line’s dark and mysterious, yet ultimately playful, sensibilities.
Top: black pepper from Madagascar, incense of Somalia
Heart: leather, liquorice, birch tar, pepperwood
Base: cedarwood, vetiver
The top notes are a mix of exotic African accords – black pepper from Madagascar and incense from Somalia – that open up to a heady heart of leather, liquorice, birch tar and pepper wood. Drying down with a woody base of vetiver and cedarwood, the scent comes in a suitably black-based bottle and packaging and will be available at the beginning of April in-store.
Novel and accomplished while still resulting anything but odd. Extremely versatile and easy to wear. If I’d have to choose a signature, this would definitely be among the candidates.