Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Raf Simons, probably “the most influential menswear designer of the last decade” according to Cathy Horyn, has surprisingly started his own career outside the fashion field. Former industrial and furniture designer, which still influences his aesthetic, he moved to designing clothes after being fascinated by a Martin Margiela’s show in Paris.
Music is still one of the main influences on Raf Simons’ production together with photography and multimedia images that have always played a special role in his presentations. A clear evidence of an eclectic soul whose interests range from fashion to art collaborations.
Merging his love for youth subcultures and menswear sartorial craft, his own aesthetic has evolved from referring to urban and rebellious teenage culture to a specific work on shapes, cuts and fabrics innovation.
His Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear collection, available at 10 Corso Como, refreshes the teenage culture element with shorts matched with slightly oversize sartorial jackets and generous coats. It merges street style suggestions with more traditional and orthodox ones, defining a free identity that might still grow like the schoolboys inside the wide clothes, which the title ‘Run fall run’ suggests too.