Fabulous fashion forwardness lies beyond the shiny steel, pipe-like funnel entrance that is the door to the only Comme des Garcons store in the States. The building is old and charming, but the interior is nothing but new, with huge sweeping abstract shapes that cut the space into little rooms and sections. Devotees of the avant-garde fashion scene come here to be inspired by minimalism with a touch of the absurd.
Comme des Garcons is known for pushing the fashion envelope and creating wearable clothes that look more like the art on the walls of neighboring galleries than anything you'll ever find at the Gap. Clothes are displayed in requisite sparse form, hanging from curved racks or stacked neatly on shelves. Expect odd color and fabric combos--and steep price tags to match. Don't miss the great unisex fragrances and occasional, unpredictable kid's clothing.