Comme des Garçons in Speedo waters.

February 13, 2008
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I’m in no way a sports fanatic or, well, even an enthusiast, but swimming and antics involving water do interest me to a greater extent so news of Rei Kawakubo’s latest collaboration with Speedo was welcome.

Why the hell do I care since I’m not a professional swimmer? – I hear you ask, simply because the CdG FS LZR Racer looks incredible in all its superhero, second-skin-tight glory. And it’s not just a looker, there’s a decent concept too. Kawakubo – who has collaborated for the past three years – has said she drew inspiration from the Japanese character Kokuro – by the calligrapher Inoue Yu-ichi – which roughly translates as ‘heart, mind and spirit’ or in these circumstances, “I’m in it to win”.

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The suit which possesses the uncanny ability to reduce muscle vibration and fatigue will be manufactured in three silhouettes for each gender, including a full-body suit with no arms, a knee-length full-body suit and a full-body suit with an open back.

Images from WWD and Speedo

  • MR style February 13, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    looks like what louise goldin did for her latest runaway show in london

  • riz February 14, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Ok this is definitely going to be in my dissertation…

  • Bobble Bee February 14, 2008 at 5:29 am

    i really loooove this. Rei always giving the best.

  • Bobble Bee February 14, 2008 at 5:33 am

    BTW, nice new look!You know that the image of your header was taken by Carlotta Manaigo? She’s an amazing photographer and a really good friend of my friend Vicky… isn’t it funny? 🙂

  • Dustcakeboy February 14, 2008 at 8:33 am

    bobble bee: that’s magnificent! I just found it amongst the sea of wondrous images in the Favourite Male Editorials thread on TFS! What a friend of a friend to have!/DCB.