Raf Simons Men's S/S15

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Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:48 am

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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:50 am

Worth pointing out that this is not the original place where the show was walked, but rather a secondary setting specifically for taking runway photos. Apparently the original show had insane lighting/sound going on - if someone finds a video, please post.

Detail shots to follow.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:01 am

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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:07 am

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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby bels » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:33 am

I don't care what you say I want those R stan smiths.

Collection makes me think about being a kid and having a bath before getting into new pyjamas and going to bed. The long coats are bathrobes in this interpretation.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby bels » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:35 am

Also Thank You pic finally answer my question of what does Geoff Simons wear in the summer.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby CPV1 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:02 pm

I don't love it but it's better than I was expecting. It's a very wearable collection and I would wear most of it given the chance. Might try and put some money aside for one of these coats. Digging the prints and patches.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:18 pm

Dazed & Confused on the show:

Initial reaction:

Disrupting the hierarchical fashion system with a no seating policy, Raf Simons created a monumental ‘happening’ set under the haze of red lights. Audience members were invited to stand and witness it all unravel as models wearing personal photographs of Simons, his mother and father, weaved their way in and out of the crumbling show space.

Rest of the article:

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Attack on the system:

"As much as I am part of it, I’ve come to really question the system. How far can it go until the moment it might not work any more?" Raf Simons told me a few months ago during an interview for the spring/summer issue of Dazed. It was clear that this was on his mind again this season. "I was thinking about my early days when I was always clubbing," he revealed backstage after the show. "I liked the fact that we were all standing. Everyone was on the same level and there was no hierarchy." What Simons achieved today served as a reminder of the potential power of a show. As soon as you abolish the sense of hierarchy, it creates a domino effect – people weren’t aggressively taking pictures or witnessing the show through a phone screen, instead everyone was left to become absorbed in a spectacular moment for fashion.

An emotional and personal collection:

It’s a rare and curious thing when you get to see the parents of a designer backstage after a show. This evening, Simons’s mother and father seemed overcome with joy. They had every reason to be, as this was a particularly personal collection for them. Simons has always been taking his cues from youth culture and adolescent angst, often reworking and appropriating imagery from that time (his homage to Richey Edwards from the Manic Street Preachers for AW01 and his collaboration with Peter Saville for AW03). Today Simons was exploring an early period of consciousness by covering his garments with old family images of his parents together. "It’s impossible to analyse it because it all goes very deep," he said. There was even a portrait of Simons from his late teenage years in Antwerp shot by long-term friend, collaborator and stylist Olivier Rizzo. "It was a very emotional moment for me," he explained. "I still remember when he gave it to me and I kept it for all of these years! Tonight I finally gave it back to him."


Pictures from the editorial:

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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby can- » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:23 pm

patiently waiting for germil to tell me what to think about this
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby popcorn » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:14 am

is this the same footwear he'll be releasing with adidas?

i'm very indifferent to the stans, I don't like them, but by god do the ones above them look amazing.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby germinal » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:46 am

For a collection that purports to be looking back at raf's distant past (with images of his younger self, his parents when they first dated, his time at antwerp etc), the designs seem more like a self-contained recap of his last couple of years. We see collars like those from his last collection at jil sander; buttons and prints from his work at dior; shirts and knits from the sterling ruby collection; a biker coat from last autumn; hair from the prior spring, and of course the adidas collaboration.

I think however, that - much like the collages - it comes off as rather disjointed and shallow. He's explored the theme of personal retrospective before, in the History of My World collection and if you compare the two it's telling. Here there is one cut of trouser from start to finish; there there was a carefully considered spectrum from skin tight to billowingly oversized. This collection could be called focussed, i would call it lazy. Similarly, the range of colours shown here is sprawling and peculiar, in contrast to the tightly honed scheme in aw05. Perhaps these colours look better in the lighting of the original presentation, and will look better in the clubs in which they're intended to be worn, but it does seem slightly "let's see what sticks" and the styling here is bad.

I kind of like the stans but the sandals seem lazy and opportunistic to me
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby mc-lunar » Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:44 pm

germinal wrote:I kind of like the stans but the sandals seem lazy and opportunistic to me


this doesn't make any sense to me, if anything he's modified the sandals more than the stans. changing the : : : to a dotted R is hardly a design innovation so I don't see what difference you're finding that makes one lazy and the other cool? The slip ons are an iconic silhouette as well as the stans which i find important to keep in mind.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby can- » Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:48 pm

deer dana beat raf to the punch

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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby germinal » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:18 pm

mc-lunar wrote:
germinal wrote:I kind of like the stans but the sandals seem lazy and opportunistic to me


this doesn't make any sense to me, if anything he's modified the sandals more than the stans. changing the : : : to a dotted R is hardly a design innovation so I don't see what difference you're finding that makes one lazy and the other cool? The slip ons are an iconic silhouette as well as the stans which i find important to keep in mind.


Yeah i contradicted myself there. The stans are definitely lazy and opportunistic too, and i'd never wear them but the colours are nice. I guess the difference is that raf wears and has worn stans for a long time. It seems a natural progression of the adidas collab. Do you think he wears pool slides? Or are they being made for rvf-simxns.tumblr.com reblog for more dark fashion? Of course a designer doesnt have to wear their own designs but this is a lame grab at a lame trend. Why not design a new sandal? (This is a gripe i have with a lot of the adidas collab tbh)
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby IsaiahSchafer » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:36 pm

Lazy and opportunistic is obviously one way to look at it, but I don't think that completely encompasses what raf was doing. The stans are just a subtle change to a shoe he's long-worn and maybe he feels he doesn't need to do much to make it his own? Just because it's not drastic and "vintage raf" doesn't mean it's lazy or a cash grab, it's just what he wanted to bring to the conversation. Where some of the rafdidas shoes are outlandish, he should be allowed to have subtle too?

A designer is going to receive criticism no matter what he does- if he's too different from his previous shows, he's betraying roots or losing what made him a good designer. If it's too similar, he's being lazy.

In reality, he's one guy who likes certain things and if he brings things back it's probably because he likes it and was thinking "that was nice and worked, but what if i tweaked it like this".

I dunno, I'm no raf expert, just acting the part of literary foil.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby SisterRayVU » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:48 am

This grew on me with the detail shots but the pieces as a whole were lackluster. That said, I don't think it was bad, just another show with cool bits and pieces. The Raf Simons Sterling Ruby collection is, to me, one of the high points of his career and I think it's hard to follow that up. I do think he carried some of the spirit here but it lacked the compelling result from FW.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby BIGBEE » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:42 pm

really like the shoes this season! they seem much more approachable than other raf shoes I've seen
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby pk! » Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:14 pm

Maybe it's an unpopular opinion, but personally I'm completely over Raf x Adidas. They were bold and interesting in the beginning, but now they're starting to feel stale and only convenient. I wouldn't mind the continuation of the collaboration if he would either try to break out of this luxury sportswear model or create shoes with more influences alongside them. I understand the influence is always youth, and from that sneakers and sporty shoes are almost inseparable from the concept, but I think there's still room to try other things - I mean, what is youth worth but the ability to change and explore very quickly?

Just my thoughts though, I'm sure that Raf x Adidas will continue on, it's too convenient, profitable, and popular not to.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby Prince of Scandinavia » Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:06 pm

pk! wrote:Maybe it's an unpopular opinion, but personally I'm completely over Raf x Adidas. They were bold and interesting in the beginning, but now they're starting to feel stale and only convenient. I wouldn't mind the continuation of the collaboration if he would either try to break out of this luxury sportswear model or create shoes with more influences alongside them. I understand the influence is always youth, and from that sneakers and sporty shoes are almost inseparable from the concept, but I think there's still room to try other things - I mean, what is youth worth but the ability to change and explore very quickly?

Just my thoughts though, I'm sure that Raf x Adidas will continue on, it's too convenient, profitable, and popular not to.


I'm feeling the same way. Their 2013 collections was at best, now with the stan smiths and all the high boots and shit, it just looks like one of those coloring books and having your 5 year old coloring random colors on it, while you sigh and say "no no, that's not how they are supposed to be colored!" I feel like Raf has gone too much over to the style like cav empt and other "internet surf" brands.
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Re: Raf Simons Men's S/S15

Postby can- » Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:25 pm

i dont have any thoughts about the bunny boots or slides but the rest of the rafdidas portfolio is at the top of the ugly runner spectrum and competes or beats the rest-- lanvin, balenciagur, etc.

the stans aren't challenging or thoughtful but how can you say no to two of the best things-- stan smiths and raf simons-- put together? it might be a little easy but there's a sense of humor and if you want a pair of stans in bright red, orange or with raf simons' face on them there isn't much out there that will make you happy.
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