For her Spring-Summer 2006 collection, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons paid tribute to legendary rock band, The Rolling Stones, in an homage to rockstar style. The iconic “Tongue and Lips” logo - used as the cover art for the band’s 1971 album, ‘Sticky Fingers’ - was a key motif throughout.
According to original designer, John Pasche, inspiration was drawn from his first meeting with Mick Jagger, where, Pasche remarked, “Face to face...the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth.” The ‘Tongue and Lips’ logo, now heavily ingrained in pop culture, featured on everything from shoes to blazers in various colours and sizes. Some iterations were strong, vibrant and multicoloured, while others were faded and more subtle. True to the 1960’s era in which the band was born, the logo was printed in a diptych across garments akin to Andy Warhol’s canonical Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyns.
The Stones’ counter cultural influence was evidenced not only in the clothes, but the way in which they were carried by the models. The runway was treated as a footpath for shaggy-haired youths to strut and dance down. There was attitude, lots of it. Some models jumped the stairs, while others goofed around chatting amongst themselves, occasionally even interacting with the audience. ⠀
This was street meets high fashion, and the theme: effortless cool.