Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Need Now: Junya Watanabe Commes des Garçons Parachute Peasant Top

The Piece: Junya Watanabe Commes des Garçons parachute peasant top, circa Spring 2003, features elaborate craftsmanship. This summer-ready white top combines delicate butterfly-motif embroidery with the house's trademark parachute-inspired detailing. Cinch it and buckle it to offbeat perfection; think romantic femininity meets military-grade toughness. Available now for $450.

The Background: Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons made Junya Watanabe her official protégé in 1992, and Junya's innovative, avant-garde creations have been invigorating the fashion world ever since. Technical prowess plus a distinct point of view plus a flair for juxtaposition: these are Watanabe's cornerstones. (above and below: Junya Watanabe Spring 2003 ready-to-wear runway show)

How to Style It: Take a cue from Watanabe's original looks and wear it with a pair of flat white oxfords and an angelic, shimmering face. Barbara Bui's mesh-accented brogues ($590 at Intermix) have an element of the unexpected, and Giorgio Armani Beauty's Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in Moonlight ($34 at Giorgio Armani Beauty) creates an appropriately ethereal glow on your lids.

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