If you were to look at a retrospective of Raf Simons’ collections in the past 20 years, you would think that he has one of the most mercurial temperaments conceivable. Compared to someone like Rick Owens, whose collections often bare the same muted tones and draped silhouette’s, Raf’s vision seems disjointed. But so is youth subculture.
Simons has been at the forefront of rebellion in fashion for over two decades. His collections are distinctively moody and resonate on a continuous cycle, parallel with youth culture. Nearly all of Simons’ offerings are worthy of grail status and those able to procure the rarest pieces fall into the realm of guys like Kanye West. With stints at legendary houses like Jil Sander and Dior, Raf has carved his name into history.
After leaving Dior, Simons’ level of energy for his namesake brand has been noticeably higher. The newest season keeps the expected level of quality craftsmanship and introduces an interesting narrative on the overly oversized trend. Taking notes from traditional English-prep and scout styles, Raf spins sweaters and coats with elongated, billowy silhouettes and contrasts them with slim destroyed sweaters and classic button-ups. Signature jeans, denim shirts, and shoes round out the collection and make it one of his most memorable to date.
Check out the photos above for a full look into the newest season and the video below for an eerie look into Room 121. This collection is available in-store at RSVP Gallery. For more information email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.