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If you’re waiting for a Vetements post this week, you probably missed the news that the cult brand switched up the schedule and showed earlier this summer, during Couture Week.

Demna Gvasalia and company do have something to reveal this week though; Vetements Summercamp, a volume of images shot by Corsican photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti over a long weekend in a northern France chateau temporarily inhabited by the brand’s friends and inner circle (wearing Vetements, of course). Published by Idea Books, it’s a fat, glossy volume with almost zero words—save for the branded text that appears on acid-green long-sleeve T-shirts and tube socks made in collaboration with Reebok.

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All images by Jessa Carter

The book was released on Monday afternoon in a courtyard party at Comme des GarçonsTrading Museum on Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. We saw Hari Neff, Lynn Yaeger, Carlotti with an autographing Sharpie (above) and a bunch of really cool-looking Vetements and Comme des Garçons devotees.

Want to see some pictures—from the book, and the event?

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Biking to work–a great option for those who are able–sharpens body and mind. You show up to the office feeling like Superman. But what to wear when biking to work? The main idea is to be comfortable on your commute, and then duck into a dark room to switch out your sweaty shirt—and emerge like Clark Kent. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor helps us consider this transitional gear. (See our first post here.)

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Photos by Matthew Sumi

  • Bring a backpack with a clean, button-up shirt inside. Whatever you go through on your bike ride—you put on the shirt and it’s like it never happened.
  • Anticipate wrinkles in your pants and choose a pair that look good when they’re less than pristine, like dark jeans or lightweight chinos.
  • Temperature swings require layers such as jackets, vests and hoodies. Give yourself options. The backpack comes in handy here.
  • Comfortable footwear is crucial. When in doubt, grab sneakers. You can also bring a pair of non-bike-friendly shoes in your backpack.
  • Wear a helmet: not up for negotiation!

Saturdays NYC jacket | Acne jeans | Filson rucksack | Nike hoodie | Polo Ralph Lauren sneakers | Common Projects derby shoes | Comme des Garçons cardigan | Billy Reid shirt | Alexander Olch tie

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Fun fact: Comme des Garçons and Drake share the graphic designer Filip Pagowski. The creator of the Japanese fashion brand’s iconic, anthropomorphic heart also worked on the visuals for Drake’s new album Views.
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Comme des Garçons Levi’s Vintage Clothing

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Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo is one of the most formidable figures in fashion. Exacting, elusive and seemingly, well, intimidatingly brilliant, she’s a force. But she’s also known for fostering talent and helping shape vital voices.

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In a SPACE story we call “Dynasty,” we explore Rei’s history and family tree, and the six names to know when talking—and wearing—the CdG story.

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What it’s like outside: A surreal tangle of street-style photographers and the people they’re there to capture, those highly select and incredibly adventurous, dedicated, rarified few who actually wear Comme des Garçons Collection.

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What it’s like in the front row (where Olivia and Raul were seated, mind you): Anna Dello Russo was there (see her behind her baby-blue phone case?), Grace Coddington was just to the left a bit and next to her, Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani. Also ringside: top fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti. One row back: street-style star and journalist Susie Lau.

But despite the fashion elite, it’s a very small show. Where many Fashion Week shows feel like stadium concerts, a Comme des Garçons Collection presentation feels like an intimate one-act play in an underground theater. Even the photographers’ pit was about one-quarter the size of the pit at a big-name show. In a word, a Comme des Garçons Collection show is incredibly special.

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Iris Apfel for Dazed & Confused

What’s 91-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel up to these days? Oh, just lounging around in Comme des Garçons at photo shoots for Dazed & Confused magazine.

Always an inspiration.

Jeff Powell

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