Belgian celebrity designer Raf Simons has been the discuss of the American vogue trade ever since he moved to New York a yr in the past to make his debut at Calvin Klein. However his menswear exhibits – for his personal eponymous label – even have generated monumental buzz. Final week, he didn’t disappoint.
Simons’ runway was constructed within the type of an enormous wood tabletop, laden with mounds of food and drinks. There have been bowls overflowing with pink apples, blueberries and pomegranates. There have been mountains of avocados, big spherical cheeses and salamis. There have been loaves of bread, and what seemed like waffles dipped in chocolate. There have been numerous wine bottles. Friends all stood on the desk, and have been invited to partake.
It was all meant to evoke, in Simons’ phrases, the salons of mid-century couture homes, with their “opulent tableaux harking back to a Flemish still-life”. However when the fashions got here out, accompanied by a wild, vibrant laser present, it was a distinct world solely that they have been evoking: the late 1970s youth drug tradition of West Berlin.
As he has executed earlier than, the pop culture-loving Simons took his inspiration from a film, this time Christiane F., a 1981 German cult movie with a David Bowie soundtrack a couple of teenage lady who will get pulled into the drug scene. Photos of the character emblazoned a few of the designer’s clothes.
The fashions wore shiny rain boots and lengthy shiny gloves, giant vibrant coats and sweaters that hung off the physique in numerous uncommon methods. Some wore yellow or orange apron-like tops that stated “Medication” – a reference to the precise ebook covers of an `80s play known as “Medication” which Simons described, in his present notes, as yet one more cautionary story.
Simons defined that his present sought to neither glorify nor condone the drug tradition, “as a substitute to think about the persistent, virtually ubiquitous presence of narcotics (prescribed or in any other case) inside our society and acknowledge our usually conflicted relationships with them”.
And all that meals? The label famous that the leftovers have been to be donated to Metropolis Harvest, an organisation that feeds New York Metropolis’s hungry, and the proceeds from the gathering itself would go partly to organisations supporting recovering drug addicts. – AFP Relaxnews
View the slideshow under for a have a look at a few of the Raf Simons designs.