Belgian designer Raf Simons is regarded as one of the most influential designers in not just men’s fashion today but has been a staple in the world of fashion over the last ten years. With Raf Simons finally becoming a household name to many Americans through his collaborations with Adidas through his interpretation of the Stan Smith, being referenced on various songs from artists like A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean, to recently being named the Chief Creative Officer of American brand Calvin Klein. Raf is growing his personal brand in America more and more every year, which would make many questions why is he moving his always highly anticipated men’s fashion show back to Paris?
After a string of three shows all shown during New York Fashion Week Simons has decided to almost go back to his roots with a show in Paris. Although the Belgian designer did not attend university or schooling in France he has close ties to the country through his own personal endeavors in fashion. Raf both studied and fell in love with fashion while studying furniture design in Antwerp, Belgium a place synonymous with all fans of fashion due to the famous Antwerp Royal Academy and their prestigious fashion program. He would convene at a cafe in Antwerp with many of his friends and they would discuss their favorite fashion brands and designers. Through these interactions with his friends Raf would end up attending his first fashion show in, you guessed it, Paris. The first show he ever saw was Martin Margiela’s all white show in 1991 and this show inspired him to ditch the whole furniture design dream and take on fashion design.
This show in Paris is going to be Raf Simons returning to his roots. He has done many of his shows in Paris but after this brief hiatus from the Parisian fashion scene expect him to come back with a bang. Coming off a lot of buzz from his last show in New York that saw a runway covered in food and drinks meant to look almost like a dinner party gone awry but took a much darker theme of drug abuse as an inspiration for his runway and his collection. This show was perceived as one of the most anticipated and after one of the most revered shows of that New York Fashion Week. We are sure with Raf Simons Men’s collection being slated to show the same day as Off-White, Valentino, and Undercover that he will have people leaving impressed and fans of Raf anticipating to buy this collection.
Some of the men’s shows at New York Fashion Week are showing signs of a potential kick start to crypto high fashion. Meanwhile, the wait times between the shows are providing time and opportunity for attendees to discuss the recent crypto market dip.
The Belgian fashion designer and icon Raf Simons’ runway show was described by the Financial Times as “looking like the inner sanctum of a boiler room, where brokers pitch their clients on penny stocks and digital currencies with a Machiavellian zeal.”
Simons showed off slim cut three-button suits, topcoats paired with some type of surgical gloves and rubber boots. The runway was also filled with turtlenecks with slits. Some of them had patches with three letter acronyms like XTC and GHB. “One was just a letter off” from a Bitcoin code, the Financial Times jokingly said.
The Financial Times said Simon’s clothing could “fit easily on today’s youngest investors, who don’t stick to the Kiton and Zegna suits of their fathers and prefer Coinbase to TD Ameritrade.”
TD Ameritrade surprisingly advertised Bitcoin futures during their ad, which aired during the Super Bowl.
Tom Ford showed “Wall Street-approved pleated trousers” paired with snakeskin printed ties. The Ford show ended with models showing off the company’s new launch of underwear, which included silk boxers in different metallic and animal prints.
It is not rare to witness a collaboration between an artist and a designer. But it can be, when they produce a complete collection with consistent style and extreme attention to detail.
Back in January, Belgian fashion designer, Raf Simons, collaborated with L.A. based contemporary artist Sterling Ruby on his F/W 2014 collection. Each piece in the collection brings together the two creative minds, leading to the design of a shirt partway between a spoilt, blue-collar worker’s shirt and a subtle tie-dye. The collection also features pants duplicate to the shirt. So for fall don’t shy away from exaggerated prints and keep it fun. For a subtler look, you can mix the pieces with solid colors.
Simons himself called the collection “our collection”, implying that the clothes were a truly joint vision, not dismissing anyone’s’ role. This is not the first time Simons has collaborated with artists back in 2003 his F/W 03 collection featured various garments printed with classic Peter Saville designed album covers.
American Apparel’s style is known throughout the world as a particular kind of modern. It’s not bohemian contemporary, like Free People or Anthropologie, but American Apparel owns its own kind of look that is ultra city-chic.
After an attempt to reconstruct 21st century standards of female beauty by putting pubic hair on their mannequins, American Apparel came into the spotlight for being even more in touch with the zeitgeist than the fashion world originally thought. But as well as this brand creates and develops funkier and funkier ways of wearing Lycra, the element of couture is not often apparent.
Introducing Raf Simons’ Spring/Summer 2014 collection, a myriad of looks seemingly evolving from the archetype of the traditional New York University hipster.
There is, of course, androgyny. Male models wear pink collared shirts, and even appear to be wearing skirts. The color palette is very 90’s, hinting at those well-known artificial turquoises, mustard yellows and bubblegum pinks. But there is also an element of the superhuman in this collection, or maybe the impeccable blend of masculine and feminine is still so futuristic that individuals aren’t fully able to grasp it yet.
No particular look strays more toward one gender, considering the openness in fashion, with regards to androgyny.
Raf Simons’ Spring/Summer 2014 Collection is the American Apparel Haute Couture dream collection; it’s revolutionary without stating so. It’s simplistic, modern, and dark with a touch of neon light.
Here are some looks from the collection.
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