Known for minimalistic styles and a creative way of thinking, Belgian designer Raf Simons did not disappoint anyone with his newest menswear collection for spring. Taking inspiration from many different places, Simons released a collection that seemed reminiscent of the iconic movie, Bladerunner. Large leather coats, rain hats, and clunky boots stomped down the runway, and seemed to reflect many different cultures as well. The futuristic look was definately a tasteful way of blending different cultures together to create an interesting and cohesive look.
I think that the one thing Raf Simons has always understood is that minimalism doesn’t mean boring or dull. This collection is rather simple in terms of construction, fabrics, and colors, but there is still a beautiful concept behind it. One of my favorite details are the distressed and ripped up shirts and crewnecks, layered over other items.
I think the biggest standout in this collection is Simons’ interesting use of basic items of clothing. Shirts were tucked into waistlines and left hanging in front of trousers, and some jackets looked to be put on backwards, slinging off the side of a model’s arm. Somehow, this didn’t look awkward, or misplaced. It actually took me a couple of seconds to realize that they were backwards!
The last set of outfits featured chunky oversized knits, slung completely off their shoulders, or fitting like mini dresses. They had such an fresh and interesting feel. Each look felt so new and exciting, and I couldn’t help but marvel over each one. I loved the androgyny in these final outfits. They don’t really have a true gendered feel to them, which I always see as a large plus. Menswear shows can typically be sort of dull because some designers only really care for showing classic cuts and shapes, or jazzing up something that’s been done a million times before. Raf Simons’ 2018 Spring show gave us a fresh and creative collection that seemed completely original, something we desperately needed!