by Penny Martin .

Royal Flush

It was all Pomp & Circumstance at Comme des Garcons' Spring/Summer '06 show. Apparently inspired by the notion of lost empires, Kawakubo presented an arresting collection, largely realised by draping huge Union Jacks and endless swathes of tartan (always a draw for your Scottish reporter!) around models' limbs. The nationalism of soundtrack 'Land of Hope and Glory' and rousing Cononation anthem 'Zadok the Priest' left no one in doubt that this particular fashion queen continues to engage with contemporary themes. The sure-fire editorial hits of the season, the electronic crowns, used humour and elegance to speak of serious current affairs: politics and nationhood, set against the backdrop of global fashion.