Commuun Spring/Summer 2011: "High-Tech Basics"

I first discovered Commuun at a “hush hush” New York sample sale a few years ago, and have been hooked on the label ever since that indulgence. Winner of LVMH and Longchamp’s ANDAM awards in 2007, Commuun is comprised of Japanese duo Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate whose combined backgrounds include London’s Central Saint Martins and Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College, as well as stints at Balenciaga and Sharon Wauchob. The avant-garde label’s minimalist collection seen in Paris this season once again maintained their trademark structured pieces made of organic, sustainable materials. “The true challenge was using natural fabric for high-tech looks, instead of synthetic,” said the designers. Most ensembles sent down the runway were very wearable, either as they were, or by separating the individual pieces that comprised them. There were no surprises – the duo maintained a high usage of neutrals and whites, along with punctuations of color in the form of a few patterns, and a bright coral cocktail dress that has been on the minds of many.

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