Today Melissa announces it has collaborated with visionary
Japanese fashion brand, Comme des Garçons. This limited edition coupling will offer one women’s and one men’s style, which will be shoppable in Comme des Garçons stores worldwide later this month. The men’s style will make its own runway debut during the brand’s Men’s Fashion Week show in Paris on Friday afternoon, January 19th.
The synergy between brands became apparent during last season’s Paris Spring Summer 2018 shows, where Melissa shoes were custom created to accessorize women’s runway looks. The shoes will be available to shop now. The women’s style boasts a signature black, architectural closed-toe, low heel shoe heavily influenced by the structural and now-iconic design aesthetic of Comme des Garçons. The men’s shoe is a creative take on a structural white sneaker made in Melissa’s signature plastic.
Melissa Creative Director, Edson Matsuo, commented, "The surprising thing is that it's a shoe with no sole, and no top as if it were a single thing. It's a single block, which is exactly what you'd expect from Comme des Garçons."
Melissa Marketing Director, Raquel Metz Scherer, adds, “Comme des Garçons is without comparison a reference to freedom of expression and innovation. Rei Kawakubo’s incredible vision has creatively shaped a brand that transcends modern fascination with fashion and ever on the cutting edge.” She continues, “Incorporating Melissa’s unique, wholly modern aesthetic into the Comme des Garçons universe to create truly collectible shoes feels perfectly organic.”
The arrival of the Melissa collaboration with Comme des Garçons follows on the heels of the most recent
Costume Institute exhibit at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. “Art of the In-Between” was staged by Comme des Garçons founder and creative visionary, Rei Kawakubo, and curated by Andrew Bolton. Kawakubo’s work was chosen by MET Gala chair, VOGUE Editor in Chief and Conde Nast Artistic Director, Anna Wintour, to be the thematic subject for the annual Costume Institute installation, which ran May – September 2017.
The Melissa and Comme des Garçons collaboration will be available for sale on January 19th, 2018 at Comme des Garçons stores worldwide.