Belgian designer Raf Simons began his career in furniture and industrial design, moving into menswear design in 1995 with no formal education on the subject. This outsider approach to fashion has only to served to help form his innovative aesthetic of modern proportions and new shapes. Changing the perception of masculinity by fusing youth culture with traditional menswear, Simons creates cutting-edge designs with flawless tailoring and a unique point of view.
The entire Spring/Summer 2017 collection was developed in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and prints of the late photographer's work can be seen on almost every piece. Simons wanted this collection to be viewed as a living art gallery, but his tribute to Mapplethorpe doesn’t stop at the prints. The billowy silhouettes of the shirts reflects the style of Mapplethorpe’s longtime companion Patti Smith; the subtle use of leather and straps reflects his documented interest in BDSM; even the colour palette of fleshy pinks and crimson harkens to his series of nude photographs. This collection is all about the art, with Simons simply creating the perfect frames for it.
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