Raf Simons showed his menswear show for Jil Sander in Florence and it was the show that started menswear fashion week. Raf’s color blocking solution was so abstract that many couldn’t digest it completely. But his own namesake show raised the bar a little higher for him. As Cathy horn informed us in his blog at NYTimes, the inspiration behind Raf’s spring collection was the first fashion show that the designer has ever saw. It was Maison Martin Margiella’s collection back in 1991. It was then that he decided to become a fashion designer.
This great looks reminded me of Hedi Slimane’s works back in 2003 for Dior Homme. Hedi’s approach was way more different than Raf. Actually was is missing in Raf’s work in the fantasy that Alber Elbaz usually talks about, later this year he told NYMAG , “If we go too clean, we’ll loose the fantasy”. I love Mr Simsons work, his originality and faith to modernism of his days makes him a perfect designer, but as a fan I’m always looking in his collections to find a wearable day to day item but most of those things are not available in his namesake collection.
I like Mr Simons because he has his own way of marring fashion with art, as you can see in this looks he wants for his clothe to carry a message beyond their style.
Ps: “How we would” part in the first picture is cropped from this show’s invitation.