There was a time when pearls belonged in the same sentence as avant-garde only if they were being clutched at.
But those days are gone if Japanese label Comme des Garçons has anything to say about it.
Comme des Garçons, one of the world’s most avant-garde fashion houses, has put its idiosyncratic twist on the most classical of jewellery items - the pearl necklace.
As part of a two-year collaboration with Mikimoto - the luxury pearl retailer who developed the world’s first cultured pearl more than 125 years ago - designer Rei Kawakubo has masterminded Comme des Garçons first foray into fine jewellery in the form of a seven-piece pearl necklace collection.
The collection was unveiled at Paris Couture Week and was described as an exercise in contemporary restraint marrying two apparent opposites.
Rei Kawakubo stated in an official press release that “the image of pearls overlaps in places with the image of Comme des Garçons”, resulting in a collection made from White South Sea or Akoya Mikimoto pearls peppered with CDG logos and metal chains.
Want to get some in your own clutches? They’re slated for a mid-February release at CDG and Dover Street Market stores worldwide.
Photos: Comme des Garçons