No! He wanted him to play grown up in what could of been someone’s suit from the 90s – it was his father’s – paired with his most colorful running shoe. The width of the trousers contrasted with the restraint and shortness that gave the short suit a certain newness, a rejuvenation. Suiting ranged in monochromatic pairings that from black and grey to navy and forest green.
An angst teenager embodied every look with the loose-wave version of an “Emo’s” hair style. But then it became a mockery: the school boy turned his parents’ expensive paintings into what is the one of the most iconic pieces in a skater’s wardrobe: the graphic tee shirt. And from that, then a graphic-dress.
Uniformity is a philosophy in Simon’s collections. The school boy uniform – white short-sleeve shirts with wool shorts – reinforces the story of the “angst-school-boy.” The bomber jacket, another part of his philosophy, came in long lengths and bright colors – pink bubble gum anyone? Is that the anti-trench coat? Maybe not, but a new version of a long rain jacket mimicing the close of a smock fastened only by push buttons.
Whether or not youth was oozing out of this collection, Raf Simons has presented a very mature collection. With strong direction that has come from the most rebellious memories of one’s teenaged years, Mr.Simons is the best to lead the rebellious menswear department.
Words by Raul Guerrero