Raf Simons is certainly a unique case in fashion. He’s the type that does something spectacular in one season, and when others have followed suit, does a 360-degree turn and creates something totally different. In recent years, after his much-talked-about tenure as creative director of Dior and his current leadership in Calvin Klein, Simons has championed the emergence of streetwear. But for his eponymous label’s spring 2019 show, there wasn’t a streetwear piece in sight. Instead, there were large duchess satin coats in oversized silhouettes and schoolboy sweaters in British checks. This elegant presentation signaled a shift that was impending to happen: a return to sophistication. His colorful neon-hued satin outerwear, for example, he admitted was referenced by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1980s. The youthful droopy oversized sweaters, on the other hand, harkened back to his younger days of underground punk, which were popularized by Vivienne Westwood. There were certainly a lot of references there, as normal of any Raf Simons collection, but it’s only through this Belgian designer’s genius creativity did these references look relevant and desirable for today.
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