Adidas Originals enables Raf Simons’ to push the boundaries of design and Raf Simons continues to inspire our own creativity. This time around expression comes in the form of illustrations, an underrated art medium in a digital era. Our very own Zach Coffman picks up good old pen and paper to pay tribute to a few of our favorite sneakers from the dynamic duo.
After putting his namesake label on hold last season for a collaboration with contemporary artist Ruby Sterling, Raf Simons makes a smooth transition back with his S/S ’15 collection. Looking to the art of scrapbooking, Simons puts forth collages of both real memories and imagined ones. Simons’ signature silhouettes are pinned with photos of his parents courting fifty-five years ago, a passport photo of him as a teenager wearing a Superman t-shirt, the roller coaster is the very one he rode with his close friends and colleagues, stylist Olivier Rizzo and fashion photographer Willy Vanderperre decades ago, the Japanese influence was an homage to the first retailers who ever supported him, the shark was for Jaws and Simons’ love of horror movies, the swimmer in peril stands for danger, while the astronaut stands for isolation. Simons is known to take cues from youth culture and adolescent angst as inspiration for his collections, so it’s refreshing to see him embrace his own youth all while giving us a better understanding of the man who is Raf Simons.
RSVP Gallery presents Travi$ Scott for the Fall ’14 Raf Simons/ Sterling Ruby collection. In an unprecedented move, Raf Simons puts his namesake label on hold for one season in order to drop the collaborative collection. For nearly a decade, Raf Simons has been a fan and friend of the contemporary artist Sterling Ruby. Ruby’s mixed media work is known for exploring counterculture, a shared interest between the two artists that led to a collection inspired by the punk scene of their youth. Ruby approached Simons’ classic silhouettes like a canvas, utilizing DIY techniques from punk aesthetics to create both hand dyed and mass-produced garments that bring their nostalgia for youthful rebellion to life.