Comme des Garçons Autumn Winter 2015 fashion collection

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Comme des Garcons AW15

Comme des Garçons swaddles models in fabric cocoons for Autumn Winter 2015

Swathes of lace and satin textiles were tied into stuffed bundles and bows to create Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons' Autumn Winter 2015 collection shown at Paris Fashion Week.

Comme des Garcons AW15

Designer Rei Kawakubo's latest Comme des Garçons collection, which she described as a "ceremony of separation”, was presented during Sunday's dramatic catwalk show in the Mineralogy Gallery at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle.

Comme des Garcons AW15

The fabrics and shapes used for the mainly black-and-white collection all have associations with death.

Comme des Garcons AW15

Lace was commonly integrated into Victorian mourning dress, while satin is often employed as coffin lining.

Comme des Garcons AW15

For the collection's first look, white sheets that could have been deathbed covers were bundled up as if ready to be washed, and formed into a dress.

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The second model was similarly wrapped in sheets that were shaped to expand towards the base of a dress, which also featured bows tied up the front.

Comme des Garcons AW15

A similar design was shown later in thick layers of cream lace.

Comme des Garcons AW15

The bow, sometimes found in funeral floral arrangements, became a repeated motif throughout the collection.

Comme des Garcons AW15

Small ties were used to pick out the edges of a white garment with restricted sleeves connected to the torso area.

Comme des Garcons AW15

The same bows also covered a pale skirt and continued in a line up to the shoulder of a matching top.

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Another model was wrapped in lengths of material that resembled bandages as if she had been partially mummified.

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The stuffed bundles from the beginning of the show were recreated in black lace, and more dark-coloured outfits were formed from tangles of stuffed sausage-like forms.

Comme des Garcons AW15

Sections were cut out from garments, creating missing pieces from the outfits, and one circular dress with a black outline and white centre could be interpreted as a giant hole.

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The shape of a large conical veil was repeated as a layered top and a skirt to form a tiered black ensemble.

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Where visible, the models' hair was also used as veils, gelled forward and separated out so the strands formed net-like covers over their faces.

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The show culminated in a voluminous, black shin-length piece that was patterned and bunched across its surface and topped with a final bow.

Comme des Garcons AW15

To fit down the narrow catwalk in such large attire, models stopped and turned to face each other momentarily as they passed.

Comme des Garcons AW15

Junya Watanabe, whose label sits within the Comme des Garçons brand, showed origami-influenced garments and headdresses in Paris on the same day as Kawakubo's show.