Raf Simons Spring Summer 2018
The collection: Inspired by Blade Runner, Raf Simons’ SS18 range is his second showing at New York Fashion Week Mens and one that circles around the idea of rain. Models came through in sleek oversized rain outerwear, gumboots and umbrellas which lit up. While the garments were reminiscent of silhouettes from the last few collections, the edgy styling and cinematic setting were clear that Simons knew how to innovate and put on a show.
This season also saw another collaboration with English graphic artist Peter Saville. Simons put Joy Division and New Order cover art as details on sliced-open sweatshirts, adding another dimension and cultural reference to the collection.
Elevating streetwear is something that Simons is excellent at and here, he mixes tailoring such as oversized Prince of Wales suiting, Western shirts and croc skin pullover.
The presentation: Choosing a venue that required his audience to stand, Raf Simons took over a laneway in Chinatown, mimicking Blade Runner with neon lights, subway rumbling and a wet runway.
Lanterns printed with Saville’s artwork lined the alleyway further adding to the cinematic vibe of the presentation.
We love: The way the double breasted black rain jacket is paired with lace up gumboots and a dark umbrella gives us chills, though Simons adeptly softens the ominous look with a wide brimmed check hat that also extends as a scarf.