PARIS — A iconoclast in the fashion world, Rei Kawakubo is often referred to as the “designer’s designer.”

She’s also proving to be a formidable co-designer. WWD has learned Kawakubo is teaming up with her protégé, Junya Watanabe, to design Comme des Garçons Homme, the Japanese firm’s principal and most commercial men’s collection, which is sold in some 80 stores in Japan and accounts for about a fifth of the house’s turnover.

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