‘Comme’ Out & Play

Filip Pagowski

Regardless of how serious a person you might be, the lazy days of summer are the perfect time to let go, have fun, and tap into your playful side. And if you prefer that your tried and true summer basics reflect this mood in a sophisticated way, Comme des Garcons PLAY is the perfect label for you.

The collection launched in 2002 and is one of Comme des Garcons’ most successful and beloved lines. It is known for its endearing logo featuring a red heart with a set of eyes designed by New York based artist Filip Pagowski who studied painting, illustration, and poster design under Henryk Tomaszewski at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. His bold shapes and graphic designs are inspired by the Polish reality of the 60’s and 70’s and the melting pot of cultures in New York.

PLAY isn’t tied to a particular season and includes graphic t-shirts, knitwear, and accessories played out in a simple color palette. Available for men, women and children, the pieces make use of Pagowski logo in various ways – from applique patches positioned on the left of the chest to multiple collage arrangements. Following Comme’s continued collaborations with artists, the PLAY line has also seen partnerships with creatives including Converse.

Here is a sampling of some of the appealing styles currently available:
Comme des Garcons PLAY’s horizontally striped long sleeved t-shirt is appliqued at the chest with the brand’s signature heart and eyes patch. It’s available in green and white, red and white, blue and white, black and white, $156. More info/purchase

Comme des Garcons PLAY long sleeve t- shirt features logo screen print graphic detail on both sleeves, $110. More info/purchase

Comme des Garçons PLAY’s white cotton jersey t-shirt is printed and appliquéd at the front with a duo of the brand’s black signature heart-and-eyes motif, $118. More info/purchase

Comme des Garcons PLAY logo cotton t-shirt is printed with black logo graphics at the front, $98. More info/purchase

Crafted of wool, this Comme des Garçons PLAY’s bateau neck sweater features navy and off-white stripes. The style is finished with the brand’s red signature heart-and-eyes patch at the chest, $395. More info/purchase

These Comme Des Garçons Play x Converse black canvas Chuck Taylor 1970’s high top sneakers have been updated with the signature printed red heart logo to one side and Converse branding to the other. They also feature a lace-up front fastening, rubber toe cap, contrasting heel trim, and a flat white rubber sole. This item is unisex, $210. More info/purchase

The unisex Comme des Garçons PLAY x Converse featured here are made of cream canvas. These iconic low top Chuck Taylor 1970’s sneakers are accented with a tonal rubber toe cap and showcase the avant-garde ready-to-wear brand’s signature heart-and-eyes motif, designed by Filip Pagowski, $135. More info/purchase

I love the playful placement of the eyes. Here’s looking at you!

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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